truckers face a host of regulations and fees and requirements from
their government, and many are related to cutting emissions on their
vehicles. Opacity rules, 10/02 engines, low-sulphur diesel and on
and on and on – all aimed at cutting back on what some say are environmentally
unsound emissions and greenhouses gases.
the island nation of New Zealand has taken the idea a step further
– perhaps too far. The nation is taxing farmers of the gas (the
smelly kind) produced by their sheep and cattle, The Associated
Press reported recently.
farmers have responded with what they call the “Raise a Stink” campaign,
sending an even smellier byproduct of their livelihood – manure
– to lawmakers in the mail, a practice some in the government say
is both unsanitary and possibly illegal.
similar tax yet exists in the United States. Meanwhile, we’re still
awaiting word on whether New Zealand will apply the tax on chili
night down at the local truckstop.