Where I live, gas is about $3.41 a gallon. The national average is some 24 cents higher, and it might be higher where you live.
Already, we have federal and state gas taxes that are embedded in the price of gasoline that are supposed to fund construction and maintenance of roads and highways.
But imagine if a gallon of gas was all of a sudden $1.40 more expensive. This is what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is suggesting. They think this gas tax would be a good idea to fend off global warming and save the environment.
A few days ago, we reported how global warming isn’t progressing as many scientists expected it to. According to The Economist, the Earth has added 100 billion tons of carbon just in the years between 2000 and 2010, which represents about a quarter of all carbon emitted by humans since 1750. Yet, scientists are having to admit that there is a hiatus in temperature rises. All they can say is that the non-rising temperature is puzzling. It doesn’t correlate with their presumed theory that carbon emissions cause global temperatures to rise. I’m sure they’ll think of something to keep the myth going. That’s what they’re paid to do.
Scientists might be puzzled, but politicians don’t care. Their job is to scare people into paying more taxes. They’ll use anything as the excuse, and an environmental apocalypse is a pretty easy sell on willing liberal voters. We have to do something to stop global warming, and taxes just might be the thing to prevent it from getting worse.
If the IMF gets its way, and we end up paying an additional $1.40 carbon/gas tax per gallon of gas, that would represent about $1,400 per person each year, and on an annual basis, would raise about $500 billion.
According to the IMF, this would be America’s fair share, because we contribute the most in carbon emissions. Well, except for China, but they’re not really a member nation of the IMF anymore, so they don’t count. It’s the old “tax the rich” principle applied to pollution fees. Since we contribute more carbon emissions than the European nations, it’s only fair that we should pay more in taxes.
The IMF says it’s not so much about the money as it is getting people to stop driving so much. I’m sure they’re all in favor of “energy independence,” but what they mean by that is getting people to stop using cars and start using public transportation. So, the high gas tax would hopefully be an incentive for people to wean themselves off fossil fuels.
Of course, all of this would be moot if we weren’t a member of so many international organizations like the IMF, who don’t care one bit about the citizens in any country. The decisions they make, the taxes they impose and the regulations they enforce could affect the world’s nations. Talk about “taxation without representation.” These international organizations only erode our national sovereignty.