ore than sixty business, labor and environmental groups have written a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers urging that the government press forward with plans to put a price on carbon.
|Next month there is to be a crucial meeting with provinces to finalize a plan for a national climate strategy. The letter said: "We applaud your initiative in developing the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change. Putting a price on carbon, to reflect the real environmental costs, is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions, stimulate innovation and drive energy efficiency. Co-ordinated Canada-wide carbon pricing, rising predictably over time, can do much of the heavy lifting towards meeting our climate targets." The letter is signed by some oil and gas companies plus mining, cement, forestry and manufacturing firms. Some banks and insurance companies also signed. In total they produce about 15 percent of Canadian GDP, over one million employees and $300 billion in annual sales.|
Federal Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna finally admitted the painfully obvious on Sunday. She acknowledged the Trudeau Liberals are not going to toughen Stephen Harper’s targets for reducing industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change. This means that after years spent in opposition attacking as inadequate Harper’s targets of lowering GHG emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and to 30 percent by 2030, the Liberals are adopting them.
"It's complete insanity that we would kneecap our own economy, and put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage with a carbon tax across this country, when we know that the Americans would never do that, and have no plans to do that... Why would we put our own families, and our own companies and our own workers at a competitive disadvantage — a carbon tax makes no sense anymore."While Trump's win has been almost universally regarded as a disaster for environmental causes, it remains to be seen to what degree he remains as a climate change denier. He recently has admitted that in some way humans have had an effect on the environment. One thing certain about Trump is that his views are "flexible".