People can’t turn on a TV without seeing David Suzuki’s commercials, asking Millennials to tell their parents that we need to protect the environment, with media outlets saying we need to pay carbon taxes to ensure we do protect the planet. Afterall, humanity is a plague on the Earth, and we need to be more mindful of our impact. I’ve always thought, it can’t be as bad as people who are pushing this narrative. It’s important to get our facts straight when we tackle these issues. Today, I was reminded about the ‘carbongeddon’ again, in an article from the Globe and Mail, because Ontario has the second highest carbon usage in Canada. So, I want to go through the numbers with the world, to bring context that the article so clearly lacked.
Background: Ontario emits more greenhouse gases than any province except oil-producing Alberta, and under Ms. Wynne’s government, the province took major steps to change that. In 2015, the province committed to a cap-and-trade system with Quebec and California and vowed to cut emissions to 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. Months later, the newly elected Trudeau government signed on to ambitious reduction targets at the Paris climate conference, but getting provincial premiers to sign on to a national carbon-pricing plan was difficult: Saskatchewan, in particular, was strongly opposed to new taxes on carbon. After years of political deadlock, the federal government announced a national framework last year and legislation this past January, essentially vowing that any province without its suitable carbon-pricing scheme would have one imposed on it in 2019.
Let’s talk about this region to region, shall we?
The Atlantic provinces have about 2.3 million people living in them, and they produce 43.5 megatonnes of Carbon Dioxide every single year. Every million people in the Atlantic provinces produces about 18 megatonnes of carbon per year. In Ontario, every million people produce about 11 megatonnes of carbon per year, which is about 60 percent of what they use.
Let’s compare Saskatchewan and Manitoba, now. They produce 97.2 million tonnes of carbon every single year, for 2.43 million population, or precisely 40 megatonnes per million people. In comparison, Ontario produces about 28 percent of what those two provinces produce per million people.
This article says that Ontario is the biggest offender when it comes to Carbon, only falling short of Alberta, which is entirely unfair. They produce 262.9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide with 4.3 million people, which is 61.1 megatonnes per million people. Ontario, in comparison, would be 18 percent of what Alberta produces.
Ontario is one of the three strongest provinces in the reductions of Carbon Dioxide. Quebec is the best province, producing only 9.17 megatonnes per million people, Ontario being 11.33 megatonnes per million people, and BC being 12.41 megatonnes per million people.
We’re doing fantastic. In every way, Ontario finds new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint. But both Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau wants to raise our already high energy rates in high gasoline prices and high hydro prices with a Carbon Tax. IMO because of the math, I think Ontario shouldn’t be forced to implement a Carbon Tax at all; we’re doing our part. Put the Carbon Tax on the Atlantic provinces and the Prairie provinces, but not on Ontario, or Quebec and BC.
With that, who has put forth an idea that best fits my opinion and the Math.
- Liberals: In April, the Liberals announced $1.7-billion over three years to give Ontarians rebates and programs to retrofit their homes for energy efficiency.
- NDP: An NDP government would use at least 25 per cent of the cap-and-trade system’s revenue to help northern, rural and low-income Ontarians adapt to a lower-carbon lifestyle, and use $50-million to a home-efficiency retrofit program.
- PCs: Mr. Ford wants to repeal cap-and-trade and oppose the federally mandated minimum price on emissions.
I love this, Kathleen Wynne would spend Tax Payer’s money to reduce electricity and carbon footprint. But Ontario already uses 25% less electricity now than we did in the 1990s, and we produce about 10% less carbon dioxide than we in the 1990s, at least according to Environment Canada. With how much far we are ahead, shouldn’t we get a break?
The NDP says it would use less money to help retrofit homes than the Liberals, because how much is $50 million when you compare it to millions of households. Oh, I can buy a cocking gun to reduce heating costs in the winter!
Doug Ford is the only person I can think of that is talking my language. Ontario is doing its part as of right now. So we shouldn’t be punished more for being one of the best provinces in Canada for both electricity use and carbon dioxide production.
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