Posted by Exile on January 16, 2008
Just how greedy can you get?
Green tax a state cash cow.
By The Copenhagen Post
The tax minister admits that CO2 levy is solely in place to fill the state treasury.
Companies and private consumers will continue paying an annual DKK 2.6 billion in greenhouse gas taxes despite already paying a similar levy to the EU.
Amid harsh criticism from businesses, private consumers and government ally the Danish People’s Party, Kristian Jensen, the tax minister, openly admitted that the greenhouse gas levy was a source of income for the state and no longer an environmental measure.
The CO2 levy was originally established in 1991 and despite a new greenhouse gas emission tax being imposed by the EU, the previous duty remained in place.
‘I do understand that it may seem incomprehensible to keep a levy that no longer serves an environmental purpose, but we are unable to exempt companies from paying it due to EU legislation,’ said Jensen.
This has to come under the Bullshit category! Someone somewhere is full of it! Why not simply abolish the national levy and continue with the mandatory EU environmental piracy scam?
Or are we, despite the assurances from Brussels, not a sovereign nation under the EU?