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Spain privatizes the sun by levying consumption tax on sunlight gatherers

Mike Shedlock
MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:03 CDT

Proving that idiocy truly has no bounds, Spain issued a "royal decree" taxing sunlight gatherers. The state threatens fines as much as 30 million euros for those who illegally gather sunlight without paying a tax.

The tax is just enough to make sure that homeowners cannot gather and store solar energy cheaper than state-sponsored providers.

Via Mish-modified Google Translate from Energias Renovables, please consider Photovoltaic Sector, Stunned

The Secretary of State for Energy, Alberto Nadal, signed a draft royal decree in which consumption taxes are levied on those who want to start solar power systems on their rooftops. The tax, labeled a "backup toll" is high enough to ensure that it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers.

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What Do You Mean Illegitimate?

Of course, the sunlight isn't taxed, it's the produced energy that's taxed.

Obviously, since the creation or production or alteration or identification of anything 'affects commerce' (including breathing and being alive according to old timey Obamacare supporters), then the public authority MUST regulate it.

Even we in the US with our 'Constitutional limits' and 'checks and balances' have admitted, with Wickard vs. Filburn, that this kind of activity is certainly deserving of regulation.


Anyway, what astounds me is that people accept this argument. Hey, if you don't collect sunlight, when maybe financially and physically you might be able to install panels - well, the 'not' doing something could affect commerce. Basically, because there's a public 'good', you affect it, period. Thus, you are a slave to the self-appointed representative of the public, period.

That's the irony of this discussion. The initial reaction to your post would be: geez, well are we all just slaves. Then come the shysters who argue about public goods and properties, or something. But, it turns out, their argument out-and-out proves that we're all just slaves.

Fine world we live in.

I hope Barcelona grows some balls and raises the finger to Spain and the EU. What an awful lazy country, Spain. Art? Ha! Decent weather, that's all they got. Spain is so lazy, than when fascism was defeated in 1945, it took them two decades to comply. Or something like that, good joke there, I dunno.