LETTERS: The consequences of carbon taxes

The carbon tax on natural gas is higher than the cost of gas

Editor:

Have you noticed your FortisBC bill lately?

The carbon tax on natural gas is higher than the cost of gas.

This is an attempt to get us to switch to alternate energy like electricity, which doesn’t seem to be getting cheaper or burning firewood.

Canada accounts for 1.6 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Any reduction in greenhouse gases will be very minute on the world stage.

The carbon tax will act like a drag on spending by businesses and families without any meaningful reduction in overall carbon emissions.

The only thing that carbon taxes do is cause a decline in competitiveness, or for production to shift to lower tax jurisdictions, known as ‘carbon leakage.’

Ask yourself why Australia dropped the carbon tax.

Let your MLA or MP know how you feel about carbon taxes and encourage the government to offer incentives to reduce fossil fuel usage like more insulation or energy-efficient furnaces, etc.

Electric cars are good for the Lower Mainland as commuter vehicles, but it will be a long time before the trucking industry has a substitute for diesel fuel.

This is especially relevant with the logging and lumber truck industry in our area.

Bill Carruthers

Williams Lake

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