Simpson on Climate Change
Jeffrey Simpson has a good column in todayâ€™s Globe on the new Conservative climate-change plan. He makes the same point that I did about the impossibility of meeting Kyotoâ€™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 governmentÂ get the ball rolling byÂ 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.