Carbon tax is a start
re: Joe Potter’s letter to the editor (The daily Press, Nov. 7, 2018).
in his letter to the editor, Joe Potter of st Catharines is very critical of the Canadian Government’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases (GhG) by imposing a carbon tax on those provinces that do not have a plan of their own. of course he is welcome to his opinion and he expresses his opinion quite forcefully but not particularly politely.
at the end of his letter mr. Potter states, “our path forward should be following sweden’s fantastic record of 99% recycling, not a carbon tax.”
a check of sweden’s website confirms that nearly 99% of sweden’s household waste is recycled in one way or another and that about one half of household waste is burnt to turn it into energy.
sweden’s record on recycling is impressive. but what is sweden’s position on carbon tax? another check of a swedish government website tells that sweden introduced a carbon tax in 1991. This is in addition to an energy tax. since 1991, sweden’s gross domestic product (GdP) development has increased by 75%. and in that same time period their greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 26%.
That website has an interesting statement: “Carbon tax provides incentives to reduce energy consumption improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy alternatives.”
There is much we can learn about reducing greenhouse gasses (and recycling) from countries like sweden. but it’s a very difficult task when even the modest attempt by our present federal government to introduce a plan to reduce greenhouse gasses is attacked, primarily for political reasons.
yes, we are 27 years behind sweden in using a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gasses. it’s unfortunate that we cannot put our political ambitions aside on this important issue and allow those who do have a plan to make a start on the process.