Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ever heard of the "FART" Tax ???

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and sure enough the rest of the world thinks so tourism has doubled since the popularity of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which was filmed in its entirety in New Zealand. Against the scenic backdrops of mountains and the sea, it seems it is "God's Country" !

So how does the NZ government protect this pristine land? Hmmm how about imposing a FART tax ! Livestock produce tons and tons of methane, which really adversely affects the environment. Pollution is an externalized cost -- meaning that gas released in the air represents damage to other parties created by a method of doing business -- and the farmers should be responsible.

I ask, How does the New Zealand government come up with a breakdown of how much should be charged per species or per fart?

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