Ottawa’s Carbon Tax Does Not Do Much For The Planet

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  • Nova Scotia’s results can be traced to the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, circa 2007, which legislated carbon targets and 20 other goals. It was a case of initiative, as opposed to hoping problems will take care of themselves. Other provinces, except for B.C., which created a carbon tax, delayed. They did so despite having the N.S. and B.C. models in front of them. That’s why the feds are involved today.

    Bill Turpin | November 5, 2018 | Reply

  • If man made CO2 emissions are problematic for world temperatures then ALL of the countries, especially the biggest emitters, have to commit to a reduction plan. That is not even close to happening. World wide CO2 emissions went up 1.4 % in 2017 led by large emitters China and India. Those countries plan to continue to increase emissions. Canada trying to tax people to lower both our standard of living and possibly emissions is completely futile when our global contribution is only 1.6%. Trudeau admitted this in a recent Montreal radio interview. This is all about getting more money out of our pockets.

    Blair T. | October 31, 2018 | Reply

  • If members of parliament would stop flying all over the country and the world spouting hot air and using methods of transport that pollute the air with an abundance of greenhouse gases, I would be more inclined to support their initiatives. Do we have climate change, yes, and we have had it since time began. Are Canadians likely to have an impact on changing its direction, very doubtful. If the government wants to make an impact, small though it will be, make the production of non-hybrid vehicles a crime and use the fines to give incentives to people to pay the premium on hybrid vehicles. Just think of all the pollution that would be prevented if the well-off peoples of all the countries of the world did not think they needed a vacation in some far-off land every year. Or how about banning privately owned cars altogether and providing quality public transport at every level from municipal to national? Or how about banning long distance truck transport in favor of rail? Or maybe we could make it a crime to ship fish caught in Nova Scotian waters to China for processing and packaging, only to be returned for consumption. Good heavens, I think I am becoming cynical.

    Ron Gilkie, P.Eng. | October 26, 2018 | Reply