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April 03, 2007

To Fight Global Warming, Belgium Imposes Tax On... Barbeque

First, they came the dry rubs, and I did nothing, because I prefer to marinade. Then, they came for the propane gas, but still I did nothing, because I have a flame pit. And then...

The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia,


Sorry, that was my jaw hitting the keyboard.

... which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.

Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2, a so-called greenhouse gas, is emitted during barbequing. Beginning June 2007, residents of Wallonia will have to pay 20 euros for a grilling session.

The local authorities plan to monitor compliance with the new tax legislation from helicopters, whose thermal sensors will detect burning grills.

It's a good thing that Belgium's entire helicopter fleet is now fueled by starshine and sugar-plums, or else this anti-carbon initiative might be somewhat counterproductive.

Thanks to CAD Daddy.

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