Letters: the carbon tax does not work

Instead of taxing CO2 on the consumption side, have all producers spend one percent of their income on finding ways to clean up fossil fuels to eliminate CO2 emissions.

Editor:

Carbon taxes have been around since 2008, but CO2 emissions have continued to rise. The reason is simple, economies continue to grow. No matter how much carbon emissions are taxed, cars, buses, trucks, boats and planes continue to be built and they all emit CO2, so unless society and economic growth are suspended (very unlikely), CO2 emissions will continue to rise in spite of a carbon tax. So what is the best solution?

Businesses and people react much better to “what I get out of it”. Taxes are, at best, unpopular and inefficient, which makes them the solution.

Instead of taxing CO2 on the consumption side, have all producers spend one percent of their income on finding ways to clean up fossil fuels to eliminate CO2 emissions.

This can be achieved by reducing corporate taxes based on success in reducing CO2 emissions.

A second approach is to use funds to go directly to other CO2 emitting countries to take action to solve their problems. For example, there is little point in having a carbon tax while Brazil and other South American countries continue to destroy rainforest which is naturally CO2 cleaner for the planet.

Another issue is why, on the one hand, Canada imposes a CO2 tax on consumers, while allowing millions of tons of coal to be shipped from Canadian ports to other countries that continue to build power plants coal to produce their electricity at the expense of the health of the planet?

The other most unfortunate myth is the electric car, a vehicle that uses a battery to move from place to place. Has anyone ever thought about how much fossil fuel is burned to generate electricity to make a single car battery? For example, it usually takes 200 tons of mining to extract the essential raw materials and elements needed to make a battery. It is estimated that if 400 million cars were running on electricity today, CO2 emissions on this planet would have increased by 11% because fossil fuels are needed to generate electricity and produce batteries. It’s the old two step back, one step forward approach… it won’t work.

In short, the CO2 tax is just another tax grab that will do absolutely nothing except hurt Canadians who face higher prices in just about everything in their lives and who have to take a good chunk of their income available to solve the problem of the CO2 tax. Another approach must be put in place if we really want to save the biosphere.

barrie mcdonald

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