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Friday, August 16, 2013
Spain just put a huge tax on home produced solar electricity. It's so bad that people are removing their panels. Just what the planet needs, less sustainable power. Spain requires that solar panels are hooked to the grid. There are huge fines for stand alone systems. My home solar electric system would be seriously illegal. I'm even using batteries for home storage. Horrors!
My veggie van would be illegal in England. I'm not paying any road tax on free fuel. To be fair, it's also technically illegal in some parts of the United States. Most places just don't bother with it. There's not enough of us to make it worth pursuing.
It seems I'm always breaking some law. I've helped people do wiring and plumbing, even though I'm unlicensed. That's technically not quite illegal in New Hampshire, as I'm just “helping.” Not being part of the money economy makes a difference too.
Heck, just today I bought an organically raised chicken from across state lines. I broke a bunch of laws there.
Maybe I once transported 200 gallons of fuel oil from one home tank to another, across state lines. . . or maybe I didn't. They'll never prove it one way or the other.
People of the world are slowly realizing that the laws are not to protect the little guy, but to protect the big guys.
On the bright side, there's more and more incentive to circumvent stupid, bad, onerous, uneconomical laws. Law enforcement only works when most people don't break the law. As things stand, most of us break laws every single day without even realizing it. The reason we don't realize it is that those silly little laws cannot be reasonably enforced. Every day cops must decide what to enforce and what to let slide. They don't like dumb laws any more than the rest of us.
I'm not always legal, but I always try and be ethical.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.