Wherever you stand on the issue of anthropogenic global warming, it has to be admitted that the argument has generated some laughably stupid suggestions.
Perhaps one of the stupidest comes from an Australian academic, Prof Barry Walters, who wants to impose a carbon tax on babies. This has to be the ultimate in taxation, a tax on breathing, a tax on simply existing.
And what exactly does Prof Walters think you could do about people who refuse to pay, as I think most would. You can’t exactly put a baby back where it came from now can you?
An Australian lady with, I suspect, a far less academic background has described Prof Walters as “a self important professor with silly ideas”. Spot on, although somewhat more restrained and polite than I would expect from an Ausie.