Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fed Liberal's carbon tax lies

We expect Suzuki-ites to confuse people by saying carbon taxes will reduce pollution - they won't.

But when Federal Liberals, such as John McCallum say "we would be putting less tax on people's income and work and more tax on pollution," it's time to shout out measures designed to reduce global warming are all about trying to reduce greenhouse gases, not reduce pollution. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, it is a necessary component of life.

Have carbon taxes done anything about greenhouse gases?

European countries started imposing carbon taxes in the 1990s. Greenhouse gases went up in Europe by 5% between 1991 and 2005. What did go down in that same period, though, were manufacturing jobs. Norway, Sweden and Germany, for example, saw manufacturing jobs fall by 5.6%, 18.5% and 30% respectively. Did emissions fall then as well? GHG emissions increased a whopping 62% in Norway and 11.3% in Sweden, but fell by 8.6% in Germany. It appears the drop in manufacturing jobs must be massive to get much of a fall in GHG emissions.

Yes, the carbon tax is a tax grab. Carbon taxes in Denmark, originally marketed as "revenue-neutral" quickly became an important source of government revenue as subsidies to people struggling to heat their homes and subsidies to manufacturing companies that hadn't moved on to carbon-tax free countries, required more and more handouts to keep going.

Carbon taxes have created a downward spiral in every country where they've been implemented.

Just say no to carbon taxes in Canada !


Larry said...

That's why carbon dioxide needed to be classified as pollution (http://www.environmentandresources.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=10019F22-1&taxoid=73167468-14EF-4246-AD2F-0A4FFECABB77).

It's much easier to sell taxes on pollution because people want to fight pollution.

Adam Taylor said...

CO2 is not a pollutant Larry.

If we had none, we'd all be dead.

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