Tax­ing car­bon won’t ad­dress cli­mate change

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

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

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