Jul 06 2008

EcoView: BC Carbon Tax Is Just Good Policy

Published by at 4:41 pm under Uncategorized

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.

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4 Responses to “EcoView: BC Carbon Tax Is Just Good Policy”

  1. Walteron 07 Jul 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Jonathon,

    Great comments on the carbon tax and your link to my blog posts.

    I believe if we really want to become serious in dealing with the environment and climate change we need to realize there is a price to pay for carbon. Too often the Canadian way is to pay lip service to progressive ideas, however when it comes to actually embarking on the road to change, we are more interested in seeing that governments make someone else pay rather than ourselves.

    Unfortunately, to really create change, the answer requires all of us to change, not just oil companies, concrete manufacturers or some big oligarchy!

    To truly create change we all need to make significant changes in our personal lives; and I don’t mean switching to new light bulbs, and buying paper bags versus plastic.

    To really create a positive change on our environment takes effort, however at times I’m not sure we are up to the task.

    Here is another post you might find interesting:

    http://walterschultz.blogspot.com/2008/02/premier-campbell-david-suzuki-approved.html

  2. Larry Yatkowskyon 07 Jul 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Perhaps history will view this tax as they did Neil Armstrong’s misquoted “one small step for man one giant leap for mankind”.

  3. jnarveyon 07 Jul 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the comments, fellas. I agree that stronger changes are needed in our personal lives to really make a difference. Per capita, Canadians are the biggest energy hogs on the planet — with the exception of our continental cousins to the south. But the only way to make these changes fly is to convince Canadians that they actually carry other advantages (eg. less costly living).

  4. Billon 14 Jul 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Tis true, BC never saw a tax it didn’t like.
    Increasing taxes and the cost of goods we need such as food and energy, does not make for less costly living. What I see happening in BC is increased use of wood to keep homes warm. Not necessarily on the Lower Mainland, but certainly in the interior where most of BC’s wealth is generated.
    In short, it is nothing more than a tax grab that will go into general revenue never to be seen again.
    No point blasting the NDP, they will absolutley love it when they gain power.

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