Taxing carbon won’t address climate change
Carbon taxes give people a sense of entitlement to continue to pollute by using fossil fuels. Taxes did not stop people smoking, especially indoors. Regulations and laws had more impact but were still not enough. Stopping the subsidies and banning the extraction, refining and sales of fossil fuels are the only ways to stop their use. But there must be a viable alternative. Leaving it up to the market to develop that is not going to work either.
The National Research Council Canada must get on board and get contracts out to universities to evaluate options and test them. Hydrogen is already used in California, as well as other parts of the U.S., China and Germany. Carbon energy must be examined to determine if that technology is a viable alternative.
Electric vehicles must be evaluated as to their efficacy. We are assuming they are the solution, but there are many problems with that and I am not seeing the evaluative studies needed to establish that they are in fact a solution. Once again the market is being left to determine the solution and we know that won’t work. Elon Musk is a genius but he is also a marketeer.
Carbon taxes are a market solution and represent thinking inside the economic box. We need to think outside the box. Herb Wiseman, Village Crescent