Car­bon tax de­bate be­gins

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of pur­chas­ing car­bon off­set cred­its to help them meet their re­duc­tion tar­gets. The As de­bate be­gins on the car­bon off­set credit sys­tem will not be tax leg­is­la­tion in the House in place for 2019, with the gov­ern­ment of Assem­bly, op­po­si­tion mem­bers work­ing on ex­actly are un­sure how the gov­ern­ment how the credit sys­tem will work through­out 2019. plans to The gov­ern­ment an­tic­i­pates meet its tak­ing in $62 mil­lion a year from green­house the new car­bon pric­ing pro­gram. gas About $4 mil­lion of that re­duc­tion is ex­pected to come from con­sumers, tar­gets. with the rest com­ing

The from in­dus­try. There’s no spe­cial plan was fund be­ing es­tab­lished to use the pub­licly money ev­ery year – it will go into re­vealed the gen­eral rev­enue fund. in late Oc­to­ber, Letto says what­ever in­dus­try but is only be­ing de­bated does not re­duce of the 650,000 in the House of Assem­bly dur­ing tonne goal will have to be made the last week of the fall sit­ting. up for by ev­ery­one else.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Gra­ham “What­ever in­dus­try doesn’t Letto says he feels con­fi­dent meet, we have to find other in the tar­gets set out by the ways of meet­ing that. Either plan. through habits or new poli­cies

“The na­tional tar­get is to re­duce we bring in,” said Letto. green­house gas by 30 per “In­dus­try, as well as ev­ery cent by 2030. We have to feed other per­son in this province, into that plan. We feel that our has a role to play in that and car­bon pric­ing plan feeds into con­trib­ute to that re­duc­tion.” that very well,” said Letto. Tory Critic Keith Hutch­ings

In 2019, large-scale pol­luters – says he doesn’t see how the gov­ern­ment com­pa­nies, par­tic­u­larly off­shore plans to make sure the oil pro­duc­ers, that pro­duce more tar­gets are met. than 25,000 tonnes of green­house “Ex­plain to me how that gas a year – will have to re­duce money flow­ing into gen­eral rev­enue their emis­sions by six per cent. … is go­ing to re­duce green­house The re­duc­tions in­crease by two gas emis­sions. They can’t per cent ev­ery year, un­til the fi­nal tell you that,” said Hutch­ings. tar­get of a 12 per cent cut in emis­sions “On an an­nual ba­sis, they by large pol­luters is reached should have cal­cu­lated what by 2022. the re­duc­tions are ex­pected in

In to­tal, this province has con­sumer ac­tions.” to cut its emis­sions by 650,000 tonnes.

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