By vowing to go to court to fight the federal government’s carbon tax, Saskatchewan and now Ontario are rejecting the most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution, the Pembina Institute complained yesterday.
“It is deeply irresponsible of the Saskatchewan and Ontario governments to reject carbon pricing,” said Isabelle Turcotte, interim federal policy director of the Calgary-based energy policy think tank in a news release yesterday.
“Canadians expect their governments to address climate change, one of the most serious issues facing us today,” she said. “It is a failure of leadership to reject the most cost effective way to reduce pollution.”
“It is also disappointing to see Ontario and Saskatchewan walk away from the opportunity to design carbon pricing policies that work best for their unique economic realities and walk away from the global trends towards low carbon economies.” She described this as a step backward.
All true, of course, although Ms. Turcotte’s analysis misses some fairly important political points.
For one thing, Canadian Conservative parties have encouraged climate change skepticism and outright climate change denial among key elements of their supporters to achieve short-term political gain, and now they are the captives of the most paranoid and radical parts of their own base.
We have already seen where this leads with the Donald Trump Era Republican Party in the United States. It is neither pretty nor particularly democratic. But it is…