Thursday, March 08, 2007

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Get Taxed

One good thing about the new interest in biofuels is that many of the movers and shakers in this movement are getting to experience for themselves the idiocies of government regulation. Tech Dirt reports on the plight of a couple who were [gasp] converting used cooking oil from restaurants to run in their vehicle. They were visited by helpful men from the government expecting them to pay thousands in special licensing fees ... the fees set by progressives of the past to raise the bar of entering into the alternative fuel market.

Now that we are in a phase that biofuels are politically correct, I suspect that the bureaucrats will try to find ways to back away from the licensing fees.

BTW, the $2500 licensing fee that the Yehuda Berlinger must pay to convert used cooking oil to motor fuel is exactly the type of fees that progressives hope to impose on all industries. The effect of such fees is generally to wipe out the diversity of the market. A buniness has to be big to navigate the world of big government.

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