CTF: Carbon taxes falling everywhere, except here

The first Canada-US deal has already been shredded in the post-Obama era, but its death has nothing to do with Donald Trump.

Jordan Bateman,British Columbia Director,Canadian Taxpayers Federation

 

 

Forget NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the softwood lumber agreement. The first Canada-US deal has already been shredded in the post-Obama era, but its death has nothing to do with Donald Trump.

No, it was reliably tree-hugging Washington State voters who did the deed – killing a plan for a BC-style carbon tax in a landslide 59 per cent to 41 per cent vote on election night.

Once again, BC’s “world-leading” carbon tax has been exposed for the sad, one-clown parade it really is.

After eight years of British Columbians paying and paying and paying, still no North American jurisdiction has followed BC’s lead and brought in a carbon tax. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now trying to force carbon pricing on the entire country, but several provinces are rightfully resisting.

The Washington carbon tax defeat essentially kills a 2013 climate agreement with BC and reinforces the competitive advantage our neighbours to the south enjoy. Just three years ago, that deal with Washington, Oregon and California was signed with much fanfare and promises by BC’s environment minister that a North American west coast carbon tax was on its way. Unsurprisingly, it was just hot air.

Trudeau’s reckless demand for a national carbon tax scheme will hamstring the Canadian economy. The Republican platform is crystal clear: “We oppose any carbon tax.”

Now that the Grand Old Party controls the presidency, Senate and House, it’s clear carbon pricing is dead in the US in the near to mid-term.

Even the Clinton campaign knew better than to float a carbon tax, as an email from campaign manager Robby Mook, published by Wikileaks, explained: “To be clear: it’s lethal in the general.”

Washington voters, the GOP and the Clinton campaign were right. A BC-style carbon tax, even with revenue neutrality, is pointless policy. The dirty little secret in BC is that greenhouse gas emissions have grown since the tax’s first full year (2009), and will shoot through the roof when the LNG industry goes live.

While GHGs dropped in BC in 2008, our former environment minister attributed two-thirds of that drop to the recession.

Yes, the reason why BC lowered emissions wasn’t the carbon tax – it was a reeling economy.

This is important. The United States emits 14 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions every year. China, which also refuses to tax carbon, produces 24.5 per cent.

Yet, Trudeau is putting the Canadian economy and jobs at risk to try and reduce Canada’s paltry 1.6 per cent of world emissions.

America isn’t bringing in a carbon tax. This keeps BC less competitive and puts an artificial drag on our economy.

As a caller to a prairie radio show quipped, Canada implementing a carbon tax is like you getting a vasectomy because your neighbour has too many children. You’re only punishing yourself.

Earlier this year, a company wanted to build a $300 million silicon smelter near Golden, creating 400 construction and 170 permanent jobs.

The company instead decided instead to locate in Washington because energy costs there were so much less. Hiking BC’s carbon tax, as Trudeau plans to force the BC government to do in 2021 and 2022, will only exacerbate that difference in cost. Donald Trump’s America will benefit as we needlessly starve ourselves. Why?

Until China and the United States take greenhouse gas emissions seriously, Trudeau should cancel his carbon tax plan, and BC should repeal its tax (and its related tax credits), leaving only the individual income tax break in place. We wouldn’t be the only ones – France has abandoned their carbon tax plan, and Australia repealed theirs in 2014.

Better to grow our economy so we can put money toward mitigating the effects of climate change than punishing ourselves by pretending we can stop something over which we have so little control.

 

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The Binche Fishing Derby at Stuart Lake is fast approaching. (Binche Fishing Derby Facebook photo)
Binche shares excitement for upcoming fishing derby

“It’s more than just fishing,” says Dave Birdi

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Local youth vaccination clinics underway

Pfizer vaccine will be used

Priya Sharma. (Submitted)
Column: Why ultimatums don’t work

By Priya Sharma It is a common misconception that people can choose… Continue reading

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read