Sunday, March 15, 2009

A new kind of eco tax.

You've heard of the gas tax, and the fat tax, and the fat-rated gas tax, but now comes an entirely new kind of "gas" tax.

Proposals to tax the flatulence of cows and other livestock have been denounced by farming groups in the Irish Republic and Denmark.

A cow tax of 13 per animal has been mooted in Ireland, while Denmark is discussing a levy as high as 80 per cow...

Livestock contribute 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases believed to cause global warming, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. The Danish Tax Commission estimates that a cow will emit four tonnes of methane a year in burps and flatulence, compared with 2.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide for an average car .... [TimesOnline]