Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bill That Will Create "Global Warming Tax" Wil Pass in Japan by the End of March

In case you are not aware, Japan is one of the last bastions of people who believe in anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. The majority of the population in Japan are quite willing to sacrifice their well-being if that reduces CO2 emission and save the mother earth.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (3/7/2012):


Secretaries-general and Diet policy committee chairmen of the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito Party met on March 7, and confirmed their parties' policy to agree to 4 tax bills [submitted by the Noda administration] in the bills related to the fiscal 2012 budget including the one that will create the tax for countermeasures against global warming (environmental tax).


With their agreement, the 4 bills are likely to be passed within this month.


Meanwhile, the Diet Steering Committee of the Lower House held a meeting on March 7, and decided that the fiscal 2012 budget would be voted on in the plenary session of the Lower House in the evening on March 8. The 2012 budget is expected to pass by the majority vote from the ruling coalition. The LDP and the New Komei Party confirmed in the meeting on March 7 to oppose the budget.

The budget is going to pass anyway, so the LDP and Komeito want to make a token stand that they opposed, a gesture enough to fool people into voting for them in the future.


netudiant said...

This is just a tax increase wrapped in 'eco-twaddle'.
Now that Japan is again fully dependent on imported fuel, adding this large and regressive tax will surely help Japan's economy to soar.

Anonymous said...

"Japan is one of the last bastions of people who believe in anthropogenic (man-made) global warming"

Wait, what?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@netudiant, the propaganda from the government is indeed that increased tax will boost the economy. Seriously.

Apolline said...

A tax just to make money.

Japan is not the last bastion who believe in man-made global warming.
IPCC is very efficient in Europe. An "eco-tax" was planned in France, but given up last 2010.

I posted on my blog a documentary from ARTE TV (french-german TV channel)tonight, but just in french or german language. This is the link :

Anonymous said...

Just have to say that taxes cannot effectively reduce man-made global warming. Only a radical change of our "growth" and "consumer" economy can be effective. People all over the world (not just the Japanese) do not seem to grasp that perpetual growth and consumption of disposable goods is the culprit.

netudiant said...

If the tax is big enough to allow a lot of more niggling taxes to be eliminated, I might even accept the idea that it helps the economy.
However, I believe it is just an addition to the existing rather baroque structure of taxation that Japan enjoys. (please don't ask for a characterization of the US's tax structure, Kafkaesque/demented is the best I can do)

Anonymous said...

Man-made global warming is a reality, it is utterly foolish to deny it.

Arguing that nuclear energy is "green" is outright insane.

Humanity has to come to terms with infinite and fragile resources of this planet instead of cultivating fantasies of omnipotence. We all must come to a better understanding of what constitutes a good life.

I have never had a car, and sometimes that has meant walking along "freeways" and being stared at.

I have never, never regretted it. For me, being forced to have a car does not constitute good life. A car should be optional.

Anonymous said...

PS: Having all of us choose between nuclear energy and oil for cars is similar to choosing between Republicans and Democrats, or Coke and Pepsi: Slight difference in flavor, but ultimately the same drab, disgusting universe.

Anonymous said...

The Carbon Tax is a WALL STREET SCAM! More money to Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Diamond, and the fellows in their tribe.

Anonymous said...

"I have never had a car, and sometimes that has meant walking along "freeways" and being stared at. I have never, never regretted it.'

You will when you get run over.

Anonymous said...

It's all about global government. If you think the Nazis were bad, just imagine what a global government's bureaucracy would be like.

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