Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

the mileage clicking west

I'm not qualified to evaluate a carbon tax. I frankly don't know how effective/necessary it may be. But I would make this comment: at some point, if we are ever to take environmental sustainability seriously, the oil industry will need to bear a price. That means some regions will be affected more seriously than others. Unfortunate but true. If it makes any feel better, same goes for the auto industry that keeps my city humming.

Prioritizing Liberal electability in the West is fine - but should it be considered a legitimate policy alternative? We just need to be sure that when (if) we are ever elected in Alberta, it is as the party that we want to be.


Blogger Lookout Mountain said...

A good alternative to a carbon tax, is a emission trading scheme.

As long as you apply such an action equally across all industries, the oil and gas industry would not be singled out by such an action.

Industries would only be on the hook for what CO2 they produce, not what the goods they sell have the potential to produce.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Steve said...


11:08 PM  
Blogger decoin said...

It is critical that the West and Alberta understand that if a Liberal government is ever put back in to power in this nation, the West will pay significant amounts to the Federal government on account of environmental penalties and necessary transfers to the poor provinces of Eastern Canada. Why is it that the LPC is not able to gain popularity and seats in alberta?

12:55 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Yeah, its unbelievable people could believe in things like constitutional principles of equalization, a country with roughly comparable standards coast to coast, not a fiefdom in one section and an environment not degraded beyond repair. So out of touch eh? WHy don't all the Easterners just move to Alberta right? Its amazing the CPC can't knock out the LIberals in the east coast, or be taken seriously on the enviornment. Hmmm

4:58 PM  
Blogger decoin said...

The numbers are in the East. The East will dominate the West. Thus it has been. Thus it will ever be. Tremble in fear for the revenge the LPC will wreak on the West when the LPC is restored to its rightful place in power.

1:55 AM  

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