Jeffrey Simpson has a good column in today’s Globe on the new Conservative climate-change plan. He makes the same point that I did about the impossibility of meeting Kyoto’s first-round targets and the importance taking our second-round targets seriously.
He also points out how thin all of these climate-change “plans” have been. To me, a “plan” is a set of measures designed to achieve certain targets, not simply a new set of targets. I am repeatedly amazed that Canadian climate-change plans say so little about implementation.
Rather than engaging in endless debate about precise percentage reductions by specific future years, I would like to see the Canadian government get the ball rolling by introducing a carbon tax, even at a very low rate. I am not convinced that slightly higher gasoline prices would noticeably reduce fuel consumption. However, putting a price on carbon would curtail greenhouse-gas emissions from various industrial processes whose managers currently have absolutely no incentive to pay attention to such emissions.
- Are Canadian investors headed for a carbon cliff? (April 12th, 2013)
- Climate justice and the political moment in BC (April 5th, 2013)
- Absolving our Carbon Sins: the Case of the Pacific Carbon Trust (April 2nd, 2013)
- Closing the Loop: Zero Waste, GHG Emissions and Green Jobs in BC (March 28th, 2013)
- Carbon bubbles and fossil fuel divestment (March 26th, 2013)