Cred­i­ble plan?

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the Point of View On­tario has cred­i­ble cli­mate change plan ( Dec. 3)

Re­ally? A “cred­i­ble” cli­mate plan would be­liev­able and con­vinc­ing. It would be ev­i­dence- based. Cli­mate change sci­en­tists and the vast ma­jor­ity of economists would agree with it.

Re­gret­tably, the Ford gov­ern­ment has dis­missed the most im­por­tant ( and cred­i­ble) pol­icy pro­posal that ex­perts around the world agree on, namely pric­ing car­bon pol­lu­tion.

In­stead of mak­ing all pol­luters pay, and re­turn­ing the pro­ceeds to cit­i­zens ( as the feds would do), Ford would have tax­pay­ers pay in­dus­try to re­duce their emis­sions. We can only hope Ford and his var­i­ous pro­vin­cial cronies lose their var­i­ous tax­payer­funded law­suits against the fed­eral car­bon tax.

And fur­ther­more: since when was im­prov­ing our air qual­ity and health by get­ting rid of coal- fired power gen­er­a­tion a bad idea? And when did we give up on pre­serv­ing a liv­able world for our chil­dren?? We need as­pi­ra­tional goals and vi­sion­ary lead­ers, not re­signed help­less­ness. Elaine Black­lock Sud­bury

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