On March 16th, the World Health Organization published a news release of a report on how the current state of our environment is affecting our health. The opening paragraph is basically all you need to know about just how toxic we humans have made our planet:
An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from WHO. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.
The report goes on to say that air pollution specifically contributes to 8.2 million of the 12.6 million total by causing noncommunicable diseases such as stroke, heart disease, cancers and chronic respiratory disease. This article is not going to go into the specifics about how air and other environmental toxins damage the body enough to see stats like these. Although, for those interested, Dr. Mercola wrote an article last week that looked more into this aspect.
However, I do want to talk about the steps the world governments will almost certainly take to “fix” this monumental problem — taxation. Not to say that taxation is the only thing they are going to use to try to fix the air pollution problem, the news release did briefly map out some good ideas to help reduce the indoor air pollution in underdeveloped countries. Although, they do not mention any plans for reducing outdoor air pollution, which makes it look like they will continue the agenda of pushing a specific tax.
The carbon tax is just what it sounds like, a form of taxation on anything that omits greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon, into the environment. Today, some countries have already passed the tax and there is current legislation in many more. This news release seems to set up the carbon tax to become law on an international scale.
Don’t get me wrong, the air quality is a prodigious problem. However, thinking that paying a tax to pollute the air, will come close to “fixing” this issue is nonsensical. In fact, the only thing this will help do is line the pockets of governmental organizations collecting said tax.
For those reading this thinking I am being rash, over-exaggerating, or misinforming, I ask you this:
How is forcing people to pay the government to pollute the air going to stop the air pollution problem?
Sure it may force people to take fewer long distance trips, but people still need to travel in our day-to-day lives. Not to mention, we will still need long haul trucks, freight ships and planes to transport our goods around the world. Sure, you can say the purpose of the tax is to go after the big industries that contribute to the most greenhouse gas emissions, but the industries (oil, nuclear, coal or any other industry that contributes heavily to the problem) will write the tax off as a price of doing business without it affecting their day-to-day operations.
So, as I stated– taxation will do nothing to fix the actual problem of outdoor air pollution.
In fact, to fix the problem of carbon emission-based air pollution, the solution is simple…
…STOP USING OIL!
This may seem unrealistic to those that have not looked into alternative ways to fuel a vehicle, yet there are engines that run off non-oil fuel sources which allow for better miles-per-gallon and do not omit the pollution seen with oil fueled vehicles — and I am not talking about electric-powered cars that currently have limitations in the distance they can travel on a single charge. What I am talking about are things like Stan Meyers water powered car — that could travel coast to coast on 22 gallons of water (!) — or Hemp and other vegetable oil powered cars. These engines are amazing breakthroughs (that have been around for decades), but up until now, they have only been made for cars. However, we humans are very innovative. It simply would not take to long to implement these engines into larger modes of transportation.
Moreover, as bad as the carbon based air pollutants are, they pale in comparison to the damage synthetic pesticides/herbicides and chemtrails being sprayed around the world on a daily basis, have on our health.
If the world governments were truly trying to help the environment and “slow climate change” as they claim, their first steps would be to stop their chemtrail programs, ban dangerous synthetic pesticides and ban the use of oil all together.
However, you will never see a politician, who is pushing the carbon tax, ever address the real solution that I just mentioned. This is because it is just another example of politicians using an actual problem to extract more money from the population. We must not allow them to get away with claiming the way to stop the pollution problem is to tax people. Instead, we must get the word out that there are ways to actually stop the problem in its tracks.