Time to ag­gres­sively tackle cli­mate change

Truro Daily News - - OPINION -

To the edi­tor:

Car­bon pric­ing is hard on the head, Jim Vib­ert, Nov 22/18.

Thank you for a fine job syn­the­siz­ing two com­plex is­sues, cli­mate change and car­bon pric­ing, all within the Cana­dian con­text.

Aba­cus has been at it again. On Nov. 4, their poll con­firms that An­drew Sheer said, if elected, his first pri­or­ity would be to can­cel the fed­eral car­bon tax, sig­nal­ing his in­ten­tion to make this a cen­tral cam­paign is­sue. That does not re­flect the fact that only seven per cent of Cana­di­ans say car­bon pric­ing will be the most im­por­tant is­sue for them and one-third say this pol­icy will play a small role in their vot­ing choice. Add to that, up to 50 per cent of Con­ser­va­tives are open to the idea of car­bon pric­ing. Seems like a non­is­sue to me.

The elec­tions are a life­time away. Mean­while the UN panel on cli­mate change and, last week, the World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion, are warn­ing us things are get­ting worse. We only have eight years left to be ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing emis­sions. Plus, one af­ter an­other, cli­mate mod­els re­peat­edly con­firm that a price on car­bon is a nec­es­sary tool in a well-de­signed plan. Re­turn­ing the money col­lected takes the ouch out of the fee on pol­lu­tion. Op­por­tunis­tic politi­cians who seek to gain by di­vid­ing Cana­di­ans over a proven cli­mate pol­icy have no place in this sce­nario.

It’s time for politi­cians to stand to­gether, to ag­gres­sively tackle cli­mate change. Get cre­ative; dif­fer­en­ti­ate your­selves on other is­sues.

Ca­role Laval­lée,

Chelms­ford, Ont.

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