The federal government is not telling Nova Scotians the truth

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  • Great column about this issue. A friend of mine attended the “big meeting” on this and said resolving the issue will not work when almost all of them arrived on private jets and many were just celebrities.

    Lisa Stewart | December 4, 2022 | Reply

  • Thank you for the current article on the Carbon Tax. You are on the road to exposing the myth (not of climate change) of the current fraud being foisted on us as a solution to impact of climate change. The fraud includes:
    1. We can end fossil fuels and the only costs is to “transition” a few hundred thousand oil workers.
    2. Wind and solar are an efficient replacement for fossil fuels 3. Battery storage (current capacity is a few seconds of energy supply globally) technology can provide back up for wind and solar.
    4. Canada’s policies can impact climate change. (How about tariffs on imports from polluting countries? We could be Fred Flintstone and it would make no difference. Doesn’t mean we do nothing but let’s be honest on where the problem is.)

    The attached link is to Bjorn Lomborg, author and economist from Copenhagen Consensus. Not a climate denier. Someone who puts climate issue in perspective. Example: USA going to “0” CO2 emissions today will reduce temperatures by 0.3% by 2100.
    Michael Moore’s documentary (YouTube) on renewables is mostly a rant on biomass but it does provide an interesting perspective on the renewable industry.
    Probably not a time to expose that the biggest contributor to reduction of CO2 emissions in USA was ‘fracking’!
    Keep up the insightful writing.

    Mike Gushue | December 4, 2022 | Reply

  • NS Power and the current & past governments strongly promote heat pumps and conservation in the home. Perhaps I don’t see any other view but NS Power would loose revenue from conservation. To offset that, is part of their extreme (14%) power rate increase being used to offset the loss of revenue ? If so, there appears to be no net benefit financially for the consumer.
    Perhaps this would be a good idea for an article

    Fred | December 4, 2022 | Reply

  • It’s remarkable to me that our leadership at the Federal and Provincial level is so unwilling to do the honest math to accurately portray the impact of the Carbon Tax.
    Premier Houston continues to disappoint me. After a good start, we have had a parade of poor policy choices. He doesn’t seem interested in listening to anyone but his inner circle. And yet, he has a 62% approval rating with Nova Scotians. It looks like they got an NDP government without asking for one.

    Denis Connor | December 4, 2022 | Reply

  • Nice article today on Carbon Tax. I would love you to report on why the NS government cancelled the “Cap & Trade” system, at the same time explaining what is was and why did it not work.

    Doug | December 3, 2022 | Reply

    • Thanks Doug. Electricity is the most difficult topic I tackle.
      I don’t understand how cap and trade works well enough to write an article. The notion is that at the beginning all existing polluters are given an amount of carbon emissions they can emit without penalty. Thereafter the amount is reduced so polluters who have not reduced must buy permits from those who have.

      This can be done across jurisdictions. My sense is that it is becoming less viable as the permit pool shrinks. It is relevant to large emitters like NSPI and Lafarge Cement but not for households.


      Bill | December 3, 2022 | Reply

  • Good piece today, Bill. But the most ridiculous part of all this is that Nova Scotians are spending billions of dollars (even before the carbon tax) when it’s impossible for us to make a meaningful contribution to solving the problem. God knows we have problems. Wouldn’t it be better to spend billions on something we can influence?

    Ian | December 3, 2022 | Reply

  • Excellent Mr. Black. The false information pedaled by the Federal government on this is appalling but, sadly, typical.

    Blair | December 3, 2022 | Reply

  • Thank you Bill; always well researched and written.

    Mike Casey | December 2, 2022 | Reply

  • Bill, very appropriate discussion on this subject that is poorly understood by many. Well said!

    Hector Jacques OC | December 2, 2022 | Reply