Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Bad Bad BBQ's

The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.

Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2, a so-called greenhouse gas, is emitted during barbequing. Beginning June 2007, residents of Wallonia will have to pay 20 euros for a grilling session.

The local authorities plan to monitor compliance with the new tax legislation from helicopters, whose thermal sensors will detect burning grills.

Scientists believe CO2 emissions are a major cause of global warming.


Dylan Kissane said...


I am pretty sure this was an April Fools Day prank. I saw the same story in a British paper on the day and if you clicked through to 'sign the petition against the madness' the screen announced 'April Fools'.

I think Wikipedia has a compilation of 2007 AF Day pranks - it might be worth checking there.


Jonathan Lowe said...

oh it definitley is, I just thought I'd put it in there for some comic relief.

Dylan Kissane said...

Sorry, my bad... :)