Harper’s Conservatives are bad for the environment!


I find the Conservative attack ads very annoying. I can’t help thinking that, sure, the Liberals didn’t get it done, but they now have a leader who is more committed to doing something than the last two Liberal leaders. The fact that the Liberals didn’t get it done does not justify the Conservatives abandoning the Canadian commitment to Kyoto. Nothing can justify the Conservatives not aiming to achieve Canada’s Kyoto Protocol target – cutting emissions to six percent below 1990 levels by 2012 – and not setting a national cap on emissions. I really like Dion’s proposal to impose "green" taxes on fossil fuels. I do not think much of the Conservative government negotiating "intensity targets" with Canada’s large industrial polluters, which account for about half of Canada’s greenhouse gasses. This is not leadership! Leadership is legislating emission standards. Okay, I agree with Baird when he says, "I don’t think, realistically, we can tell Canadians, ‘Stop driving your car, stop going to work, stop heating your house in the winter.’" But the government certainly can impose "green" taxes on fossil fuels and institute grants and incentives to individuals to buy "cleaner" cars and to convert to more efficient heating and cooling systems and to insulate their homes better. The public has to be persuaded that lower emissions has to rank higher than 23 out of 25 criteria in buying a car. The headline, "Quick reduction in emissions is just a ‘fantasy,’ Harper says," is just not acceptable after yesterday’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Pooka, a small but fierce gray tabby. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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One Response to Harper’s Conservatives are bad for the environment!

  1. Colleen says:

    I gotta give you that those adds are bad, and do the subject little justice.  Canada is an environmential haven there is little concern ourselves with as it is obvious we are very fortunate to have so few on such a large land mass.  Its what makes us number one at least when it comes to the environment.  The Liberals hired a consultant company as to the viability of a carbon tax and its impact on the environment.  Guess what the specialist said?  Well apparently what they had said little difference to the Liberals and their desire for public funds.  And the Consultants say, "No Need", as gas prices have increased dramatically enough as to promote parking your car and using the bus.  And guess they where right because American adds say thats the bonus roads are now safer thanks to people parking their cars and using other modes of transport or staying home.  The staying home is going to hurt economy.

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