Say, Is Canada’s Carbon Tax Enough To Fight Hotcoldwetdry?

You know what the answer will be, right? At least they aren’t yammering about it being a “free market” solution


As Canada’s 2019 Federal election looms closer, carbon pricing has shown itself to be a highly contested and divisive issue. Since the Federal Liberals announced their carbon pricing plan, it’s dominated the conversation surrounding climate change.

The NDP and Greens back the Federal Liberal’s proposal, whereas the Conservatives do not, meaning the issue has fallen down a left/right, partisan split.

Among experts, there’s a policy consensus that carbon pricing should play an integral role in moving the world towards decarbonization. Unfortunately, the political sphere is lagging behind, primarily due to Provincial and Federal Conservative resistance.

Or, it could be that people, even Warmists, heck, especially Warmists, do not want to pay very much out of their own pockets.

Due to the divisiveness of carbon pricing, there has been significantly less coverage paid to other focal points of reducing emissions. While carbon pricing represents an important aspect of a successful climate change plan, it must be accompanied by a host of other incentives, initiatives, and investments. Without a comprehensive plan, Canada won’t be able to meet the Paris Climate Accord targets, let alone become a global leader on climate change.

So, what are they thinking?

First, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and replacing them with renewable energy subsidies will provide industry incentives without undermining carbon pricing. This is an area Canada is particularly weak on, as Trudeau has continued his predecessor’s trend of providing minuscule funding for the renewable industry.

Tax breaks are not subsidies. But, hey, go ahead and jack up gas prices, and see how the elections go.

There are also certain social policies that can be implemented to help cut down emissions. Expanding public transit, lowering the cost, or making it free to use encourages reductions in transportation-related greenhouse gases (GHG), the second largest contributor in Canada. Increasing electric vehicle (EV) rebates and expanding charging stations are also successful ways of reducing GHG from the transportation sector. Creating more stringent energy efficiency standards in construction, and providing significant funding for retrofit programs can help reduce the amount of energy required for heating and cooling.

So, force everyone into public transit, hook up rich people with rebates and charging stations for their expensive EVs, and make it more expensive to buy a home and maintain it.

Finally, it’s about time politicians address agricultural emissions. The production of meat is not only energy and water intensive, but also produces vast quantities of methane, which is far more dangerous to the climate than carbon dioxide. Promoting non-meat alternatives through subsidies or research and development funding could help expand consumer’s food choices.

Government nags, followed by government regulation.

Carbon pricing is far from a blanket solution to climate change, but it offers an opportunity to use market-based tools to address the world’s most pressing issue.

They didn’t use the word “free”, at least. And this would be the government market. Remind me what kind of political system that is?

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4 Responses to “Say, Is Canada’s Carbon Tax Enough To Fight Hotcoldwetdry?”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    “The fact that there is an attempt by some people to bulldoze others into “believing” their views itself confirms that this is not a science. Moreover, there are strong reasons to believe that this field has been fully captured by commercial interests.”

  2. They want to get rid of “carbonization”? Aren’t we carbon-based lifeforms?

  3. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    Tax breaks are not subsidies. But, hey, go ahead and jack up gas prices, and see how the elections go.

    You’re kidding, right? They’ll jack up fuel prices after the elections, not before.

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