Sunday, November 17, 2013

Canada praises Australia for ditching its carbon tax

Statement by Parliamentary Secretary Paul Calandra on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Introduction of Legislation to Repeal the Carbon Tax
Ottawa, November 12 2013 — Today, Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, issued the following statement on behalf of the Government of Canada on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s introduction of legislation to repeal the carbon tax: “Canada applauds the decision by Prime Minister Abbott to introduce legislation to repeal Australia’s carbon tax. The Australian Prime Minister’s decision will be noticed around the world and sends an important message. 
“Our government knows that carbon taxes raise the price of everything, including gas, groceries, and electricity. Prime Minister Abbott has said that, in Australia, the repeal of the carbon tax will reduce the average household’s cost of living by (in Australian dollars) $550 a year, take $200 off household power bills and $70 off gas bills.
“Our government has reduced greenhouse gas emissions while protecting and creating Canadians jobs – greenhouse gas emissions are down since 2006, and we’ve created 1 million net new jobs since the recession – and we have done this without penalising Canadian families with a carbon tax.”
The Guardian and its readers, however, were appalled:)
... Canada has dropped any remaining pretences of supporting global action on climate change by urging other countries to follow Australia's example in gutting its climate plan.
... Australia is the developed world's worst polluter per head of population, but Canada, under the Harper government, is close behind at 16.2 tonnes .
Well, at least it's a small signal that things may be shifting in the right direction.  But the Harper government has also signalled that it will mirror whatever action the Americans take on the climate front.  And the Obama "Climate Action Plan" appears to include every crazy CAGW alarmist premise and myth out there.  It sure doesn't include any contingencies for the what to do about global cooling.



Anonymous said...

when china , india, Europe, the u.s. have a so called carbon footprint as low as Canada's give me a call. 2% of the world's carbon. who cares. we are carbon based organisms trying to eliminate carbon. to do that we would have to eliminate ourselves.

JR said...

True as all that may be, our Kool-Aid guzzling "leaders" continue to waste gobs of time and our money "fighting climate change".

Neil Heesterman said...

Carbon tax is essential and is much better than cap and trade see post 7 on We have to strive for a global carbon tax so we can tax our exports without losing business to other countries. It is senseless to send tax free oil to China who is developing green energy. That cheap oil will delay their efforts, see post 1 on I have written 3 E mails to Mr Harper about many problems created by the absence of carbon tax and poor records of oil transport, I have been assured that all points have been carefully considered but apparently it still did not sink in

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