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Editor The Drumheller Mail Dear Editor,
Last week in every weekly paper there was an ad from the committees of the legislative assembly of Alberta looking for input on ways to grow and diversify our agri-foods sectors. Specifically, ways to diversify, value add productions, small business opportunities and help local food productions. One way to achieve this would be to stop the carbon tax.
We have a rather substantial greenhouse sector in this province who have done all of the above. Trying to run a greenhouse in Alberta in the winter has to be enough of a challenge without the government working against you. I recently read an article on a greenhouse by Medicine Hat who has all the energy saving devices available to him, already installed. Energy curtains, heat storage tanks etc. He believes the carbon tax will add about 65 thousand dollars next year to his costs, going to 95 thousand in 2018.
I know of another greenhouse growing cucumbers using a modern coal fired boiler for heat. The carbon tax on coal is $35.39 per tonne in 2017 going to $53.09 per tonne in 2018. At his current use, if it stays cold he will be paying over 4 thousand dollars per week in January for the carbon tax. How can any business take a hit like that? And for what? All so we can feel good about ourselves at night?
The NDP wants to go green but there isn’t anything that can reliably replace fossil fuel at the moment. The other night it was minus 24 degrees Celsius, and according to the AESO website the province was using over 11 thousand MW of power, wind was supplying 7 MW of power, yes 7, and it was dark so I don’t think solar was helping out much. I’m not sure about your furnace but mine needs electricity to keep the house warm. Instead of shooting ourselves in the foot because of some ideology, we should be concentrating on clean technology such as Saskatchewan’s carbon capture at the Boundry Dam coal fired power plant, which I understand has less emissions than a natural gas power plant. This makes way more sense than shivering in the dark wondering what went wrong. It seems like the NDP won’t be happy until we are all on welfare because then we will need the government, to direct us to the nearest soupline.
Wishing your readers a Merry Christmas and a happy, although it looks like less prosperous, New Year. Duanne Veno