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quote:I am not at all convinced there is a primary problem with CO2 there is as much problem with a reduction is global dimming.
quote:Originally posted by crandlesBut I am not sure that this applies to the current suggestion of raising car tax. You think there will be 'lots of administrative overhead' but given the car tax system already exists and already has different rates for different vehicles, I don't see this proposal causing lots of extra administrative overheads.
quote:Given a choice between:1. Guiding people towards more efficient cars, different status symbols and allowing people to do the vehicle miles they want, and 2. Taxing people into doing fewer miles, which mean it is the poor who are taxed off the road and possibly this prevents some of them getting to work causing more on the dole.
quote:FWIW I do very few miles so from my financial perspective I would prefer the arguments to come out in favour of lower or no car tax and more tax on fuel.
quote:Originally posted by VAlibrarianI begin by stating that global warming is an absolutely real physical syndrome, and will in future decades result in serious problems that will effect our economies, our insurance rates, and in some cases our survival. Most scientists will tell you this.The odd thing is that nobody is doing anything about it. Scientists are still busy trying to convince us that global warming is real. In some cases, (you will note another someone's comments above), they are not succeeding.
quote:I would welcome a carbon tax even though I am not a wealthy person, because we will continue to do nothing about this problem until it rises up and kicks us all in the ***. If nothing else a carbon tax would end this period that I think of as another "phony war"- the period at the beginning of World War II when horrible things were on the way but life carried on in a surreal fashion as if all were normal.