Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kyoto and carbon taxes don't work

Former National Citzens' Coalition president Gerry Nichols bashes Harper and Dion's environmental plans, invoking Tim Horton's, the Flintstones, beer fridges, dialysis machines, and bacon frying in Satan's kitchen. It's a funny read.

Elsewhere, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger explain why neither Gordon Campbell nor Stephane Dion's carbon taxes will make any difference. Oh, and by the way, Kyoto didn't either.

Environmentalists around the world have for so long castigated U.S. President George W. Bush for his opposition to Kyoto that many have mistakenly concluded that he is somehow responsible for the fact that the emissions of ratifying nations have gone up, not down. Between 2000 and 2005, emissions in Europe - routinely held up as a paragon of ecological virtue - rose twice as fast as America's. Canada's rose five times faster.

They also note, "Were Canada to halt all emissions tomorrow it would have zero impact on climate change" and "policymakers should recognize that they will never be able to raise energy prices enough to make clean energy cheap."

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