[Ed. – One man’s meat…]
Global warming activists have failed for years to impose a federal carbon tax, most recently failing to incorporate a carbon tax into last year’s landmark tax reform law. Acknowledging the difficulty of imposing a massive new energy tax, these radical activists are now pushing a double-digit excise tax on American meat. This latest effort to push people around poses a direct threat to grocery affordability, consumer choice, and jobs.
Meat-tax pushers argue that because livestock emit methane, the U.S. should impose exorbitant “sin” taxes to make meat too expensive for Americans. These busybodies want to demonize eating meat. They want to prevent people from enjoying juicy burgers, tender chicken wings, and other foods they look down upon.
Making meat unaffordable through taxation has support among radical environmentalists who promote government coercion to “solve” global warming. For example, Germany’s federal environmental agency has proposed a 19 percent meat tax to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement and United Nations emissions goals.