The Conservatives on pricing carbon: For it before they were against it before they precipitated it? -

The Conservatives on pricing carbon: For it before they were against it before they precipitated it?

The farce grows stronger


John Ivison explains how the Harper government’s regulations on the oil and gas sector might be implemented.

Mr. Kent was said to be in Alberta last month, meeting with industry executives and there seems to be a broad agreement on both sides. Companies like Exxon, Cenovus Energy and Total are on record as saying a greenhouse gas levy at least brings cost certainty and reduces concern about trade restrictions on oil sands bitumen based on carbon density. While the feds will not impose that tax, their regulations will inevitably lead to a price being placed on carbon…

… eventually, the deal that Mr. Kent is currently negotiating will be released for public discussion. What is it likely to look like? One thing is certain — Ottawa will not be imposing directly anything that walks, talks or quacks like a carbon tax. The most likely scenario would see Ottawa set a target for large emitters across the country. Then, provincial governments would create mechanisms to meet those targets, via a carbon tax or cap and trade system.

And yet.

For their part, the Harper Conservative are intent on basing the next election campaign message around the NDP’s “dangerous” new taxes and spending schemes.

So, under this scenario, the Conservatives, who promised and advocated for cap-and-trade while opposing a carbon tax, but then decided that cap-and-trade was the same thing as a carbon tax and proceeded to loudly and repeatedly criticize the NDP’s proposal of cap-and-trade, will soon introduce greenhouse gas emission regulations that will lead the provinces to implement carbon taxes or cap-and-trade systems, but then the Conservatives will maybe still spend the next election campaign criticizing the NDP’s interest in cap-and-trade.

British Columbia and Alberta already have carbon-pricing policies in effect. Ontario is committed to a cap-and-trade system.The Quebec government is moving forward with a cap-and-trade system. Manitoba has already implemented a price on emissions from coal and would like to see a federal system of carbon pricing established. The Saskatchewan government is willing to put a price on carbon. And the Newfoundland government is considering a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system as options.

President Barack Obama favours cap-and-trade. Asked in February what the Harper government would do if the United States implemented cap-and-trade, Joe Oliver said that scenario was a hypothetical he didn’t want to get into.


The Conservatives on pricing carbon: For it before they were against it before they precipitated it?

  1. The Australian March 30:

    DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. But the fact that global surface temperatures have not followed the expected global warming pattern is now widely accepted.

    “The global temperature standstill shows that climate models are diverging from observations,” says David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.


    Wired – Apocalypse Not:

    Over the five decades since the success of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 and the four decades since the success of the Club of Rome’s The Limits to Growth in 1972, prophecies of doom on a colossal scale have become routine. Indeed, we seem to crave ever-more-frightening predictions—we are now, in writer Gary Alexander’s word, apocaholic. The past half century has brought us warnings of population explosions, global famines, plagues, water wars, oil exhaustion, mineral shortages, falling sperm counts, thinning ozone, acidifying rain, nuclear winters, Y2K bugs, mad cow epidemics, killer bees, sex-change fish, cell-phone-induced brain-cancer epidemics, and climate catastrophes.

    • Hester the Pester,
      You forgot to include the hyped up denier overkill that the hysterical, climate change naysayer mindsets, are so fond of dredging up from the tailing ponds. It seems that your penchant for standing under the ozone hole just a little too long has begun to show the effects of such over exposure. I hear that a tinfoil hat can help mitigate the consequences. And I’m sure, that if you go online and do a search, you can probably find some instructions on how to build one. Then send everyone in your little group a link to it. I’m sure that they’d appreciate the effort.

    • According to Skeptical Science, as well as a search of Google Scholar, David Whitehouse has not published any peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate change. Whitehouse is described as the “Science Editor,” of The Observatory, a publication of the Global Warming Policy Foundation of which Whitehouse is a regular contributor. The GWPF is a known anti-climate change advocacy group that refuses to disclose their funding.

  2. There’s a fine Candian compromise for you…provincial price on carbon good; a federal set of regs that allow for that to happen better…priceless even!

    Obviously this allows plenty of wiggle room for the army of half wits that will be asked by the CPC to both swollow and fund the NDP/liberal evil job killing carbon tax propaganda bilge, that will inevitably follow in ’15.

    Question is will the public care enough to spot the idiocy?

  3. Glo-Bull Warming is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in human history.

  4. Canada will do what the USA does, the Conservatives have always maintained this scenario, Congress and now the Senate will not pass any form of Carbon Tax or Cap and Trade.

    Obama will approve the Keystone XL.

    Keep dreaming AW.