Environment Minister John Baird is correct in saying that implementing the Kyoto Protocol would lead to economic ruin.
Economists have stated that some of the economic fallout would include:
Gas prices of more than $1.60 a litre over the 2008-to-2012 period;
275,000 Canadians working today will lose their jobs by 2009;
Job loss will cause unemployment rates to rise 25 per cent by 2009, and
The decline of economic activity in the range of $51 billion.
Sound like a good plan? But it will save the planet right? Not quite. The largest polluters (China, Brazil, etc.) are not required to reduce emissions.
But dare criticize Kyoto and irrational environmentalists label you a heretic. Some even use the term "Climate Change Denier" which has all the negative connotation associated with holocaust deniers. Dare question the effectiveness of such a plan and you're on par with Ernst Zundel. Is this how we debate issues in this country??
The Liberals signed and ratified Kyoto and didn't have an implementation plan. While Conservatives may be guilty of underestimating the public's interest in environmental issues, they inherited one giant mess from the Liberals.
The Liberals had almost ten years to do something on Kyoto. They talked a lot but never quite knew what their feet were for.
Are Canadians concerned about the environment? Of course they are. We have been for years. We recycle. We make a conscious effort to reduce energy and waste, etc. But are people prepared to pay new taxes, forfeit jobs and economic stabilty to try and achieve a plan that exempts many of the world's largest polluters? Not a chance - why should we?
If global warming/climate change is a global problem it requires a global solution that includes ALL countries - not just the rich and developed.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Posted by Adam Taylor at 7:43 AM
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