Every family choosing to have more than a defined number of children (Sustainable Population Australia suggests a maximum of two) should be charged a carbon tax that would fund the planting of enough trees to offset the carbon cost generated by a new human being. The average annual CO2 emission by an Australian individual is about 17 metric tons,4 including energy usage. As the biomass of trees in a mature forest sequesters about 6 metric tons of CO2 per hectare (104 m2) per year,4,5 each child born should be offset by planting 4 hectares of trees, to allow for the time they take to reach maturity, and attrition through crop losses, bushfires, dieback and so on. This infers a levy per child of at least $5000 at birth (to purchase the land needed and plant trees) and an annual tax of $400–$800 thereafter for the life of the child (for maintenance of the afforestation project) (based on 1990 figures, and probably much more now).So nutty I don't know where to begin really. I suggest reading this excellent response on Spiked though. It sums up brilliantly (a) the flaws in the figures, and more importantly (b) the anti-human nature driving such idiocy. The scary thing is that Australia just voted in the socialists, they'll probably try to implement it.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The world just went more mad
Is it offical mental day today or something? First we have the Turkish lawyer who is upset that his team lost so he's suing Inter-Milan. Now we have some mad aussie doctor writing to the Medical Journal of Australia saying,
Posted by dizzy at 12/12/2007 10:31:00 am