Jul 06 2008
As political commentator Walter Schultz reminds us, the new carbon tax is just 2.4 cents, people. Profiteering oil companies, fundamentalists and thugs who attack oil infrastructure from East Asia to West Africa and the rising energy needs of the next big world powers are the real reasons why your gas bill keeps going up. And consumption taxes are essentially a user-pay system; if you’re not polluting, you’re not paying.
And as 24 Hours columnist Ian King points out, the NDP’s moronic stand on the tax (“We don’t like it, but we won’t say how we would do things differently) isn’t doing that party any favors amongst its green contingent. Interestingly, Vancouver’s environmental guru David Suzuki slams the NDP for their criticism of the Liberals on the tax: “I thought the NDP had a progressive environmental outlook… To have the NDP in British Columbia attacking this, it’s astounding… To oppose this because of ideology is nonsense. This is something that has just got to come!”
Canadians have been asking government to step in and do something about global warming and carbon emissions. The new tax may not be a perfect solution (eg. the tax revenue isn’t set aside by law for items like improved transit, even if that is where the government chooses to spend it), but at least it’s a step in the right direction.