Farmers protest ‘flatulence’ tax



 Editor
Just when I thought the ECO – FREAKS couldn’t get any stranger.

One more reason I’ll be turning my lights on to celebrate earth hour.

Farmers protest ‘flatulence’ tax
AP
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Farmers are mailing parcels of sheep and cow manure to lawmakers to protest a so-called “flatulence” tax on greenhouse gas emissions from their flocks and herds, the New Zealand’s postal service complained Tuesday.
The service said about 20 reeking packages and envelopes had been sent to the nation’s Parliament and that the protest – dubbed the “Raise a Stink” campaign – was endangering the health of postal workers.

Farmers are angry that the government has levied the tax to raise 8 million New Zealand dollars (US$4.7 million) a year – about 300 New Zealand dollars (US$177) for average farms and ranches – for research into methane gas emissions from agricultural animals.
Millions of sheep, cattle and other animals that graze on New Zealand’s lush farmlands are thought to produce 55 percent of the country’s greenhouse gases.

New Zealand Post spokesman Ian Long said sending manure by the mail was a crime.
“Our main concern is for the health and safety of our people,” said Long. “The police have told us that they will prosecute if they can prove wrongdoing.”
Mail sorting workers were wearing protective gloves and placing suspect parcels into bags, he said.
Parliamentary security officials said some stained and damp mail items had been intercepted before they made it to government ministers.

Adam Fricker, editor of the Rural News newspaper which encouraged the protest, said farmers had taken “radical” action to get the ear of the government.
“Farmers feel marginalized. They don’t have the voice in Parliament they once had … to really get traction on an issue when a ridiculous tax like this is being foisted on them,” he said.
Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said climate change from greenhouse gases “is the world’s biggest environmental problem. We have to do something about it.”
He said farmers could be “responsible guardians” of the environment and help generate new technology to deal with animal methane.
Dismissing the manure protest as “nonsense,” Sutton said an alternative to the tax was for farmers pay emission levies like other industrial sectors. That would cost them tens of millions of dollars more a year.

Greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels like coal and oil, are being blamed for a feared warming of the atmosphere.
Environmentalists fear it will cause havoc with global weather patterns and trigger sea level rises.




I could make a comment…but I have way too much class. :-)Algore would be very proud of the NZ government.
1 posted on 07/16/2003 7:02:58 AM PDT by Valin

To: Valin
I could give a fart.
2 posted on 07/16/2003 7:03:57 AM PDT by Semper Paratus

To: Valin
“Algore would be very proud of the NZ government. “Exactly. Add the opresive fanaticism of the eco-wackos to the scary willingness of Clintoon to use disproportianate force against ordinary Americans and we see how lucky we were to keep wierd Al out of the Oval Office.
3 posted on 07/16/2003 7:07:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)

To: Valin
Let me tell you how it will be There’s one for you, nineteen for me Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman Should five per cent appear too small Be thankful I don’t take it all Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

Taxman!
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman
Don’t ask me what I want it for (Aahh Mr. Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more (Aahh Mr. Heath)
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me
Taxman!

The Beatles – Revolver

4 posted on 07/16/2003 7:07:34 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter… A Conservative Male’s Natural Viagra)

To: Valin

In a saner era, the only people declaring that sheep farts mean doom for the earth would be safely confined to mental institutions. Now they form expensive multi-national committees around them. Welcome to the modern world.

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3 thoughts on “Farmers protest ‘flatulence’ tax

  1. Looks like the kiwis have the right idea when it comes to idiotic taxes like fetulece taxes all based on this junk science nonsense on GLOBAL WARMING

  2. Thank you for making me laugh until I cried at 2 in the morning here in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Absolutely loved it. Wish I had a reason to do something like this to George Bush before he left the White House . . .

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