Great Britain Carbon Allowance: An Omen for America?

by the Left Coast Rebel

Via Drudge today I was reading a story in the Telegraph that England is toying with an idea of a centrally planned “carbon account” for each citizen. This account would be monitored much like a bank account, credits would add up against certain items such as fuel, electricity, airline tickets, etc. and citizens would have to purchase more credits when they are used up. Orwellian? You tell me. From the Telegraph:

Everyone in Britain should have an annual carbon ration and be penalised if they use too much fuel, the head of the Environment Agency will say.

Lord Smith of Finsbury believes that implementing individual carbon allowances for every person will be the most effective way of meeting the targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

It would involve people being issued with a unique number which they would hand over when purchasing products that contribute to their carbon footprint, such as fuel, airline tickets and electricity.

Like with a bank account, a statement would be sent out each month to help people keep track of what they are using.

So apparently the Brits have completely jettisoned any and every notion of personal responsibility and property rights to even consider this type of scheme. And I know, I know; there are some of you that think something like this would be a great idea for the US, I read your comments here, I just don’t publish them because you use phrases like ‘tea-bagger’ and call out Fox News when it has naught to do with the topic of the post.

I think that Cap and Trade is an extension of this type of ‘tax and regulate anything that moves’ mentality. That is why it must be fought tooth and nail.

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