London's Uber, Cab Drivers Catch Yellow Vests' Bug, Rail Against Fossil Fuel Taxes
"And as a new environmental policy goes into effect this month, cab and Uber drivers protest, claiming that charges associated with the new rules will cut their earnings in a meaningful way.
The new rules, which are collectively known as the ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ), go into effect starting April 8, forcing drivers of older vehicles to pay a £12.50 charge to drive inside the northern and southern circular roads in London during peak hours.
To Uber drivers, this could mean £90 a week in charges, wiping out a major chunk of their earnings.
While the new policy does not apply to “clean” cars such as hybrid or electric vehicles, older models are vulnerable. And which drivers are impacted the most as a result? Those who cannot afford to purchase newer cars.
In other words, this new tax isn’t the solution to climate change; it is only a way to make the poor poorer. Unfortunately for the environmentalists' plan, those impacted the most are not going to go down without a fight."
The wealthy, the powerful, the celebrities don't much care about a small tax, nor do they care about the little people this tax will hurt. They care about the exclusive club they belong to, and this malign environmentalism is the secret handshake proving membership. They will continue to fly their private jets, drive their SUVs, and vacation in the most distant and exotic locales. You will get to pay a nonsensical tax to cure a fictional problem right here at home.
Perhaps what we need to do is tax people who plump for environmental concerns like global warming accordingly. Say, $100,000 per arrival and departure from any airport for celebrities publically or privately railing for these environmental laws. That would do much good. If they fly, they pay, if they stop flying in their private jets, they don't pollute. Twofer!
Put your money where YOUR mouth is progressives.