Nov 06 2007

Carbon tax to hit polluters where it hurts

Published by at 4:32 am under EcoView,environment,sustainability

The pocket book. – yup, until the average driver gets hit over the head with a hefty gas tax, we’re just not going to be conserving our precious fossil fuels. The BC provincial government is doing the right thing by putting a carbon tax up for consideration in next year’s budget (as reported in the always vigilant Public Eye Online by Sean Holman).

Sure, make allowances for people who buy more fuel-efficient vehicles and for truck freight carriers that would otherwise get hit with a disproportionate share of the tax. But the wave of gas-guzzling SUV’s that has hit the roads over the past decade would never have gotten off the assembly line if we had implemented this measure in time across North America.

Oil is a finite resource and when we do use it, the planet seems not to like it. This carbon tax’s time has come.

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9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Carbon tax to hit polluters where it hurts”

  1. on 06 Nov 2007 at 8:46 am

    What kind of maniac are you? Gaz is taxed to death, now you want another tax for actually burning the gaz you bought? Think before you aggree that “any” tax is good…your goverment loves you dude.


  2. on 06 Nov 2007 at 11:35 am

    I must agree with Michel, any new tax is a permanent one. Not to mention that this tax will not only hit the dreaded SUV crowd, but will be passed along by all businesses to the end users. Can people on fixed incomes absorb increased cab fares, produce costs, vacation and other costs?

  3. on 06 Nov 2007 at 12:59 pm

    I am all in favour of anything that will keep the unwashed in their Kias off the road and out of my way.

    Seriously Currents, how long do you think that people would put up with having to take the bus while others are able to do what has been taken as a right for generations just because they can afford it? Not very long.

    A carbon tax will create a two-tier carbon system which will inevitably lead to a rationing so that no one can jump to queue to pump.

    Currents, your whole premise is based on some shaky assumptions:

    1. the earth is warming

    2. mankind caused the assumed by burning hydrocarbons

    3. cessation, as opposed to adapatation for example, of the presumed culprit for the assumed warming will reverse the assumed warming trend

    4. that simply raising the price for a commodity that is a necessity for most of the country will really put a big enough dent into consumption so that the foregoing assumptions, presumptions and conjectures will fall into place

    5. that even if everything you believe, hope, dream actually fell into place, the Canadian population represents a little more than 1% of the populations of China and the Indian sub-continent who are even pretending to do anything carbon emissions so at the end of the day our drive over the cliff would mean nothing.

    and while I am at it:

    6. although oil is a finite resource there is still plenty around and it will probably outlast its usefulness, recalling that a century ago the transportation by-product that was of greatest concern for the urban dweller was horse shit. According to the Club of Rome (the 1960/70’s version of Peak Oilers) we should have been out of oil years ago.

    7. the Earth is a hunk of rock and is really indifferent about what we do to it.

    Remember, taxes never solved anything.

  4. on 06 Nov 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Silly me, I should not have had all those kids right? Because now it will cost me an arm and a leg to put gas in my Van that is required to transport those children? Canada is dying to have more population, I’m providing a much needed service, well educated,future taxpayers. Another well thought out tax (assult)on the working family, delicious.

  5. on 06 Nov 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Good for you for advocating a move in the right direction. The sooner the cost of fossil fuels reflects the true cost to the environment, the better. The only way to get people to change their wasteful habits is to make it these habits too expensive.

  6. on 06 Nov 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Since the price of gas has gone up, my family has lessened the amount we drive by maybe 5 to 10 %. Fuel-efficient vehicles that are used to transport only one person are not as efficient as my minivan that regularly carries 4 or 5 people. Europe is much more population dense than Canada. They have much higher gas prices. Has their consumption gone up or down over the years with the higher gas price and taxes?

    “…the planet seems not to like it.”

    I have no problem fighting smog and other pollution, but CO2 is not a pollutant. The planet does not care. It is we who should care about pollution.

  7. on 06 Nov 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Wow. I actually agree with Narvey. Too bad the blogging Tories all disagree with you.

  8. on 07 Nov 2007 at 4:37 pm

    even better, just make the highway speed limit 55mph.

    instant 30% reduction in ghg’s at NO COST.

    But there isn’t a politician in the land that will do it because they know all this greeny shit has support that is miles wide and inches deep.

  9. on 09 Nov 2007 at 7:12 am

    “Oil is a finite resource and when we do use it, the planet seems not to like it. This carbon tax’s time has come.”

    It’s great to see the issue put so plainly and succinctly. I wish they were saying the same thing back in the US.

    BTW – nice to see the new design (and location). A class act all around.

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