Ev­i­dence- based pol­icy needed

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

( Re: Car­bon Tax could go way higher af­ter 2022 re­view, Nov. 2 edi­tion)

An­thony Furey presents his facts re­gard­ing the rev­enue- neu­tral “car­bon tax” as if they are part of a ne­far­i­ous cover- up on the part of the Lib­er­als. But, in fact, this is ex­actly what we need our gov­ern­ments to do: put in place an ev­i­dence- based pol­icy, then use ob­jec­tive sci­en­tific data to guide fu­ture ad­just­ments in price to en­sure our emis­sions go down. Dras­ti­cally. Most au­thor­i­ta­tive sources sug­gest that will re­quire a price of at least $ 100 to $ 200 per tonne.

The Lib­er­als would be neg­li­gent if they didn’t re- eval­u­ate the price based on re­sults and ad­just ac­cord­ingly. That said, they must also keep their prom­ise of rev­enue neu­tral­ity.

As for fear- mon­ger­ing: even if there were only a 10 per cent chance of the dire out­comes sug­gested by the IPCC re­port, should we not try our best to pre­vent them? Most of us pay in­sur­ance on our houses year af­ter year for a much lower risk of ir­re­versible cat­a­strophic dam­age. Elaine Black­lock Sud­bury

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