Magazine article The New American

Coming Soon: A Respiration Tax!?

Magazine article The New American

Coming Soon: A Respiration Tax!?

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"Take a deep breath; hold it," writes Terence Corcoran in the August 4th issue of Canada's National Post. "Now let's see: You hit 4.5 on Environment Canada's new Individual Carbon Polluter Exhaler, just a little above average. That means your Personal Carbon Pollution Tax for the year 2006 is $155.70. Your two children don't contribute much yet, but under the federal government's innovative Reverse Child Carbon Tax Credit, designed to capture the future carbon burden their breathing will impose on the atmosphere and the health of the planet, there's a flat $50 tax for each child."

Although we haven't seen the imposition of such measures, continues Corcoran, "we might some day. One scientist estimated human respiration probably contributes as much as deforestation to the annual load of man-made carbon in the atmosphere. Throw in animals, and the carbon count rises considerably. Carbon dioxide is as natural and wholesome a gas as you can find -- plants exist on it and humans exhale it. But throughout the world today carbon dioxide is an 'emission. …

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