Completely absurd. The Wallonia region of Belgium will, beginning in June, charge a fee of 20 Euros for cooking out in the region. Why? Because grilling releases CO2 into the atmosphere and, apparently, the backyard grill is such a significant source of CO2 that it warrants a tax, so that all of the evil backyard chefs can pay back the damage they’ve caused to society.
And where, one might ask, will that money go? A local recycling program? A save the rainforest fund? Perhaps into greenhouse gas reduction technologies? Nope. It will likely help pay the fuel and upkeep costs of the
helicopters, equipped with thermal-imaging gear, that will be used to enforce this grilling regulation. Yup, helicopters. To make sure people paid their bbq tax.
Tip o’ the Tam o’ Shanter to Reason’s Hit & Run.
Update: I’m an April Fool! Turns out this story was a joke all along. All apologies. Thanks to eagle-eyed reader, my former taskmaster and commenter extraordinaire, Jim Harper, for pointing out my gullibility.