Posted by: al66888 | June 11, 2007

Global Warming taxes, coming to a town near you?

Denver, CO wants to be known as the US city, leading the Global Warming charge.  Their goal is lofty, estimating that it’s equal to taking 500,000 vehichles off the road.  Now there are several good proposals that are part of this.  They are trying to reduce waste, recycle more, and reduce energy consumption.  These are all great ideas.  Problem is, the program is laced with penalties and fees instead of ingenuity. 

Points in proposal

Denver may ask residents to make personal sacrifices to combat global warming. Ideas being considered:

Making heavy users of electricity and natural gas pay more (I hope Al Gore doesn’t have a house here!)

Charging residents who throw away a lot of trash

Setting energy-efficiency standards for new construction

Giving carpoolers and hybrids priority for park

They are thinking of charging an extra $10/mo for trash pickup. Now this may not seem like a lot, but this is just the beginning. All talks of global warming prevention has had a ‘carbon tax’ associated with it. This could just be the beginning.

The funny thing is, I don’t know if Denver is really warming. Just a few days ago, Denver saw it’s coldest June morning since 1951 and it’s latest day below freezing in it’s history. .

The new record low will also become the latest freeze on record for the city of Denver. The previous date of latest freeze ever recorded was June 2, 1951.

Temperatures have only dropped below freezing two other times during the month of June; in 1919 and 1951.

The coldest June temperature ever recorded was 30 degrees on June 2, 1951.

A new record low was also set in Pueblo on Friday morning. The temperature dipped to 37 degrees, breaking the old record low of 41 degrees, last set in 1890

Besides the fact, 7 of the 10 warmest years in Denver’s History occurred prior to 1955. So, is global warming really affecting this city? Or are we seeing a chain reaction of panic thinking that is always followed by bad policy?


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