When BBQ is outlawed…

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
, 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.

15 Responses to “When BBQ is outlawed…”  

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  8. 8 Jim Harper

    Wait a second! I just learned that this story was a ruse!


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    I’m not sure I like it so much any more.

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