Maine’s Coming Carbon Tax, an old idea for a new world…

Posted: 04/05/2008 in taxation
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There have been numerous articles of late arguing for and against what I now call the Black tax. Black because Carbon is black. But also because the idea is black at heart. CO2 has been signaled out as the worst thing to happen to mankind in the entire history of the planet, and claims made by many in the political left state that mankind is doomed because of this substance. Here in Maine, the story is no different. The conservatives don’t buy into the UN manufactured scam, the liberals buy into it lack stock and barrel, and those in between follow the rest of the crowd being herded into the pen by the media outlets scrambling to suck up advertising dollars made by offering a greener way of living.

What the tax will actually accomplish is the separation of even more of your paycheck from you, and place it into the hands of others. In other words, what you see isn’t what you get. One of the fallacies surrounding the idea behind the Black Tax is that by making the producers of electricity in Maine reduce theirCO2 emissions by making them pay for the Carbon Credits, emissions will be reduced. In the real world, this isn’t going to happen. In order for all of these companies to produce electricity, they need to burn fuel, and the most economical fuel is what the lefties call ‘fossil fuel.’

Currently in Maine there are six plants that are large enough to be required to participate in this program. Only two of these companies, FPL in Yarmouth and Casco Bay Energy in Veazie are full time consumer oriented producers of electricity. The other four plants are owned by various paper mills, Calpine in Westbrook, Rumford Power, also owned by Calpine, and Verso Paper. While the main product is electricity, the customer base differs in these locations. Eventually somebody has to pay for the power produced at the plants, and this carbon tax imposed as carbon credits will be paid for by these consumers.

And here’s the list of the problem with making this proposal work. People want power. And then they want more power. And after that, they’ll take some more power. Making producers pay more in taxes or whatever one wishes to call these payments to the government, will not hurt the producers. It will ultimately hurt the consumers. In order for these emissions to be actually reduced, we need to generate less power through combustion, plain and simple. And to accomplish that, we need to reduce the demand for electricity. Or, as an alternative, find another source for power that is non-combustible.

We already have alternative sources, or at least the technology of alternate sources available to us today. Wind, solar and hydro power are the cleanest production sources we have. They do not pump toxins into the atmosphere I would think that a greater emphasis would be placed on the elimination of plants that have to pump emissions of all of these toxins into the air. The problem with that, however, is that redistribution of wealth cannot take place with that course of action, and this is exactly what this Black Tax is all about.

I’ve read a few newspaper articles about how the public won’t be paying anymore for energy, or if they do, it will be minimal. The public always pays, because taxes imposed upon a business are passed along to the end consumer as just another cost of doing business as usual. As an example, British Columbia (B.C.)has been praised as the first government in North America to impose a Carbon tax upon its constituents. Somebody had to be the first, and I’m glad it wasn’t Maine.

So what is the cost of the Carbon tax in B.C.? According to an article from the CBC on 29 April, the tax will initially add 2.4 cents per liter of gasoline. There are five liters per imperial gallon, so we are looking at an increase of .12 cents per gallon. Quite a little hike in price. I wonder how many B.C.ers will take a hike and cross the borders for fuel. But the damage doesn’t end there. By 2012 it will be another 7.24 cents per liter, or 36.2 cents per I.G. Image the outrage of Mainer’s when the price of gas shoots up by nearly half a buck per gallon just to keep the UN and their left leaning environmentalist puppets happy.

Maine hasn’t gotten to that point yet, thankfully, but we are on a fast track to copying the policies of other governments on this issue. The basic cost for this carbon tax in B.C. is set by the legislature to be $10.00 per ton of GHG emissions. Sadly, they’ll be grabbing an even larger piece of the taxpayers pie as the tax will increase by $5.00 per year until 2012, for a total of $30.00 per ton of GHG. The Province plans on enacting income tax reductions to offset the increase in energy, and will be giving every adult and child in B.C. a rebate of $100.00 each in July. Big question I have here is, what’s the point? They’re probably not going to see a reduction in GHG, as there is no incentive in the plan to reduce production.

One of the suggestions is that bio-fuels could be used to replace fossil fuels in the generator plants, but that will only increase emissions, not decrease them. As we have seen already in a prior entry, bio-fuels have a lower BTU, which means that you have to consume more fuel, and thus increase emissions to get the same amount of work as you would from fossil fuels. The claim is that since these are not fossil fuels, you are reducing CO2 and other harmful emissions. Again, this is a fallacy generated by the left. Carbon is Carbon, and it doesn’t matter what the source is. If you burn a carbon bearing substance, you end up emitting CO2 . If you take quicklime, which is not even used as a fuel, and combine it with water, you get CO2 .

A tax on Carbon emissions will serve nothing more than higher energy bills on the consumers. The cost is not really high enough to deter consumption, and that is what we really need to see here. That is how we will ultimately reduce atmospheric pollution. Instead of making companies that generate electricity through the combustive process pay more, why not provide incentives for alternative power companies to provide electrical power.

Why not get some more of these older hydro plants back into gear? How about more wind and solar projects here in Maine? But most importantly, why don’t we stop following along on the skirt tails of the groups directed by the UN and return to being a leader? Let’s make our own path into the future, and shun the brave new world offered by the UN. It’s the right thing for Maine to do.


Daniel 11:19-21 (King James Version)

20 Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

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