21 August 2007
Tax that moose behind the tree
Odd that these should show up the same day. First, Lileks, listening to the Michael Medved show:
[A] caller was hammering the host's doubts about light rail. "When the progressives take over, and have the courage to be progressives," the caller said, "we're going to tax the hell out of you, because your selfish single-occupancy vehicles are KILLING THE EARTH." As it happened, I was driving a single-occupancy vehicle, KILLING THE EARTH, I suppose. (The only EARTH KILLING I could see along the lush green parkway was the orange marks on the trees, indicating they had been infected with fungus or beetles.)
I have to ask: what do these people want me to do? How do they expect me to adjust? I telecommute a lot; I have put but 8000 miles on my vehicle in 15 months. Without the ability to use my car to take my child from Point A to Point K I wouldn't be able to do what I need to do. But the hell should be taxed out of me, because I am KILLING THE EARTH one of the more persuasive and rational justifications for steep tax increases, I grant.
The research web site www.forskning.no has calculated that the annual gas emissions from a moose are equal to those from an individual's 36 flights between Oslo and Trondheim.
A grown moose will burp and pass so much methane gas in the course of a year that it amounts to 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions.
Newspaper VG reported that a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit the same.
Which is about 8,000 miles.
I conclude that we don't need to tax the hell out of Lileks: we need to tax the hell out of moose.Posted at 9:25 AM to Political Science Fiction