From Spencer Fernando’s Blog
The B.C. NDP are joining a court case pitting the Trudeau government against Ontario & Saskatchewan, who are arguing the Trudeau government can’t impose the carbon tax against the will of the provinces.
But B.C. is joining on the side of the Trudeau government, saying the carbon tax needs to be imposed. And they give a very ‘interesting’ reason why.
Here’s what B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said:
“Greenhouse gases do not respect provincial boundaries or international boundaries for that matter. We will argue that there will be harm to our competitiveness if other provinces do not put a price on carbon.”
Wait a minute…
If the carbon tax doesn’t hurt the economy, how could B.C. having one and other provinces not having one hurt the B.C. economy?
It’s almost as if applying a massive tax on everything isn’t good for the economy…
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BC relies on hydroelectric power for electricity and has a climate that is moderated by the Pacific ocean so has much less heating and cooling energy demand in their big population centers than the more inland provinces. Therefore their carbon tax applies primarily to motor fuels. The inland provinces, particularly the prairies are not so fortunate. So this statement may reflect the fact that they expected it to be much more painful for their competition than themselves. Kind of like oil companies (who really sell a lot of natural gas) are tolerant of a carbon tax because they know it will kill the coal competition.
I found it hard to find numbers, but 80% of BC energy is from fossil fuels.
Yes, 95% of the electricity is from Hydro, but electricity isn’t the only sector.