“The politics of carbon pricing A whopping 90 million tonnes of carbon pollution: that’s how much the federal government says carbon pricing policies will cut emissions across Canada by 2022. That’s 20 million cars. It’s 12% of Canada’s 2016 emissions.
On the other side of the House of Commons, the federal Conservatives continue to oppose carbon pricing, but something changed this past week, when party leader Andrew Scheer said the Conservatives will release a “comprehensive” climate plan ahead of next year’s federal election—and that it will meet our 2030 Paris target.
Some are skeptical. Why reject a cost-effective policy so loved by economists? On the other hand, as CBC’s Aaron Wherry put it, “After nearly a decade of free-form fretting about a price on carbon—going back to Stephane Dion’s ill-fated Green Shift—an actual comparison of rival plans might make for a nice change of pace.””
See A conservative climate planCompare this picture with what’s going on in USA. In Canada, every political party now sees and understands the need to reduce CO2 missions and are fighting to win votes for their plan to accomplish the Paris goals. In USA, the party in power wants to “bring back” coal and pump more oil…
I’m glad I live in Canada. Too bad USA wants to rob their descendants of a good life on planet Earth and burden them with huge national debts built on political promises to build the greatest military force ever, block universal national health-insurance and a wall to rival the Great Wall of China, just because they can. Let’s hope the November mid-term elections are a wake-up call to action down there.