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They’re making a big mistake on climate policy

Full Article:  They’re making a big mistake on climate policy 

By: Michael Campbell

Anytime I think about even mentioning anything to do with climate change I start rolling my own eyes. A rational discussion left the barn years ago and free speech wasn’t far behind. But be that as it may, I’m still hearing a lot of talk about Alberta’s carbon tax and the push for one imposed by the federal government. A couple things to be clear on. The biggest problem with Canada’s climate change policies that gets to the heart of why effective international active action is so difficult, is that the cost of climate change policies are born locally but the benefits are dispersed globally.

Politicians must acknowledge that fact in order to get support for climate related policies. Their policies should reflect that. Policies to combat climate change are very different from so many other environmental actions. For example if a community decided to put a new tax in to raise money to clean up its water supply, unlike climate change that cost would be local but the benefits would also be local. With climate change the costs will still be born locally but as the benefits are global, policymakers should go to great lengths to mitigate the costs while pursuing effective action

Full Article:  They’re making a big mistake on climate policy 

By: Michael Campbell

 

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