‘It punishes people’
Despite report on role of carbon taxes in fighting climate change, Kenney’s stance unchanged
Despite findings presented in a new United Nations climate change report that underscored the importance of a price on carbon in alleviating the problems of a warming planet, Jason Kenney reiterated his opposition to Alberta’s carbon tax policy.
The leader of Alberta’s official opposition, the United Conservative Party, called Alberta’s carbon tax “all economic pain and no environmental gain,” while speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Monday.
Kenney added that the tax’s positive effects were negligible for a cold, sparsely populated northern economy.
“It punishes people for — not doing something that’s a vice — driving people to work, living normal lives, running small businesses,” Kenney said.
But the major international report, released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, painted a grim picture of a world warmed to 2 C, compared to one curbed at half a degree less.
It said that would mean the decimation of coral reefs compared to a 70 to 90 per cent loss; sea levels rising 10 centimetres higher than the alternative; and an iceless, summer Arctic Ocean every 100 years, as opposed to every decade.
Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party, told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce this week that the carbon tax’s positive effects were negligable for a cold, sparsely populated northern economy like Alberta, reiterating that the tax is “all economic pain and no environmental gain.”