Jan 12 2007
An article in today’s Georgia Straight coughs up some pretty toxic drivel about carbon credits as a solution to Canada’s environmental problems.
The Georgia Straight article actually admits that carbon trading has a lot of drawbacks criticized by leading environmentalists – not least of which is the lack of accountability for carbon-traded projects that are supposed to make up for polluters’ ongoing operations. Unfortunately, it leaves such critical information until the final couple of paragraphs, after about 1,000 words of gut-check anti-Conservative, pro-Kyoto propaganda.
Canada is a major polluter, worse in some respects than the American gas-guzzling empire that many self-righteous Canadians are the first to criticize. There seems to be no real debate left regarding humanity’s carbon-producing societies being behind a potentially catastrophic (well, for us, maybe not cockroaches) climate change. Something needs to be done.
But carbon trading isn’t it. Buying carbon credits on the international market doesn’t actually reduce global warming – it just makes countries billions of dollars poorer.
Instead of sending our currency abroad into a black (green?) hole, why not invest those billions in Canada on renewable energy research, or the production of tried and tested renewable energy sources: wind, solar, and yes, nuclear power?