Another shot aimed at California. I apologize now for those of you—I mean “to” those of you who live there. But no apology to Steph, who was born and raised there and who eventually moved away and married me.
I found the following article recently. Actually, I wrote it as a joke…
Sacramento, September 26, 2008: In an unprecedented move, California lawmakers called an emergency session in Sacramento on Friday to draft legislation on what many are now referring to as a “Breath Tax”. Spurred into action by the recent clean-up of Beijing, China, during the 2008 Summer Olympics, State Legislators heard from environmental experts who assert that the burgeoning populations of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are the second greatest cause of smog, high ozone levels, and ultimately, global warming.
Scientific studies have conclusively shown the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming. What the environmentalists argue is that while the average person puts out roughly 1 kilo of carbon dioxide a day, an active person’s output may be as high as 4 or 5 kilos per day. An individual’s total output per year is anywhere from 365 kilos to 1,825 kilos. That’s 803 pounds to 4,015 pounds, or just over two tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. With nearly 38 million Californians, the total output by residents reaches a staggering estimate of 152.6 billion kilos (76 million tons) of carbon dioxide each year.
The proposal calls for an annual carbon tax of $20.00 per individual within a household, potentially adding $760 million to the state’s coffers. Funds from this legislation would be used to help underwrite healthcare costs for lung ailments such as emphysema and asthma, as well as funding research for treatments and cures for these diseases. The Lung Association has not been available for comment on this measure, although the governor has issued a statement via his press secretary. In it, the former body builder-turned-actor-turned-politician and cigar aficionado said that the health and well-being of every Californian is his top priority. He went on to say that California will strive to maintain its leadership in healthcare-focused legislation.
A vote on the measure could come as early as next Tuesday.
Well, it COULD happen!!!
Only in California!