Carbon Tax Protest

 

 

Carbon Taxes Add To The Cost Of Everything

 

Called the "Just Transition" by the Trudeau Liberals, or what should be called the "Justin Transition", in keeping with Justin's climate change ideology, along with his fanatical environment minister, Steven Guilbeault, is the plan to shut down the oil and gas industry in Western Canada. The transition is the idea that the all the jobs that are lost in the industry are to be replaced by clean, green jobs. There is no word of how the billions of dollars that will be lost to the economy will be replaced, where exactly those jobs are going to come from, or how the dependence and cost of foreign imports of oil will be reduced. The United States, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria are the biggests suppliers of crude oil to Canada that were $14.7 billion in 2021.


So what we have is a dedication to destruction of Canada's economy to show how virtuous we are in the climate change arena, grossly overestimating the attention of the rest of the world to anything Canada does. The emissions of carbon by Canada are 1.5% of all global emissions. Russia, India, China and the United States account for 55%. Only the U.S., at 14%, has indicated any desire to reduce them, although there are no plans of a Canada-like economic suicide. The U.K and Germany have both recently pushed their carbon reduction plans further down the road. Despite calls to "Axe the Tax" by Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and some provincial premiers, carbon taxes increased April 1, 2024, further increasing the cost of everything and adding to inflation.


In 2018, Trudeau himself acknowledged that even if Canada stopped everything tomorrow, and the other countries didn't have any solutions, it wouldn't make a big difference. The Parliamentary Budget Office has said that Canada's own emissions are not large enough to materially impact climate change. Canada's contribution to the annual increase in the planet's temperature is less than a thousandth of a degree. And the United Nations International Panel on Climate Changes has said in fact that extreme weather events have not increased in severity or frequency.


Gas Prices

Carbon taxes increase the cost of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity used to heat our homes and businesses. The taxes on gas for vehicles means that the cost of everything that has to be transported by truck or rail goes up, which is just about everything. The Parliamentary Budget Officer also said that the average family is now paying $710 per year more than they are getting back in rebates. Because GST applies to the higher costs of energy, GST taxes also increased. On top of that, the cost of the bureaucracy to administer all this costs the taxpayers many millions of dollars more. There are also many costs imposed on industry which end up being added to prices.


A hidden carbon tax that kicked in on July 1, 2023 is charged to the energy producers if they don't reduce the carbon content of their fuels to a stipulated level. The costs are then passed on to the consumer, with no rebates. British Columbia has its own carbon tax which increased 1, 2024 to 17 cents per litre of gas, with total taxes of 54 cents per liter, making it one of the most expensive places in the country to fill up. The total cost of government taxes on a litre of gas will Axe the Taxbe 69.4 cents by 2030. The British Columbia carbon tax rebate is income based so only low income households receive it. Of the $2 billion collected in carbon taxes, only $1 billion is returned in rebates. In the U.S. total federal and state taxes average 11.7 cents per litre, with no sign of any increase.


Because natural gas is such a clean fossil fuel it is highly sought after by countries around the world to replace coal and other fossil fuels. Only one liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has gone ahead in BC for exports to Asia, out of 20 that were originally proposed. Hundreds of billions of investment dollars and billions of revenue have been lost as a result of the cancellation of projects due to the carbon obsession of Trudeau and his fanatical Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault. LNG would replace the use of coal that is used in several Asian countries. Any idea of projects on the East Coast to supply Europe, whose relationship with their supplier Russia became made more tenuous after their war with Ukraine, was shot down by Trudeau in August 2022 supposedly as not economically feasible. Germany was told that there never been a strong business case for liquefied natural gas exports from Canada. Japan was told the same. This was without any real thought or analysis by anyone knowledgeable on the subject. More recently Greece also made a request to purchase Canadian natural gas which Justin Trudeau ignored, again passing up billions of dollars in revenues and foresaking our allies. South Korea, Poland, Ukraine, and Latvia have also expressed interest in purchasing Canadian LNG. Spanish energy giant Repsol SA withdrew from a planned LNG project in New Brunswick because of federal government obstructionism. Since LNG will be provided by other countries and the use of coal will continue where LNG is not supplied, there will be no reduction in world carbon emmissions by Canada becoming an anti-energy warrior.


Due to pressure from Liberal MPs in the Atlantic provinces and not wanting to lose seats there in the next federal election, the Trudeau government has just temporarily eliminated the carbon tax on home heating oil for three years. This mainly benefits consumers in Atlantic Canada who rely on this form of fossil fuel more than the rest of the country. This obviously panders to Maritime voters for the next election period. Since carbon taxes are slated to go up every year, when the tax holiday is over, the carbon tax will have gone up over 69%. This backtracking on one of the key elements of the Liberal climate change agenda has prompted other provinces to question why this change only applies to home heating oil and not for other forms of home heating like cleaner and greener natural gas and hydro electricity that is used in their provinces. This comes at a time when worries about inflation and the cost of living are increasingly occupying Canadians.


The Conservatives filed a motion in the House of Commons to exempt all forms of home heating, not just heating oil, from the federal carbon tax. The New Democrates voted in favour while the Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois voted against it. Justin Trudeau slammed the NDP for siding with the Conservatives in calling for the government to scrap the carbon tax on all forms of home heating, saying that New Democrats have deceived “millions of progressives” across Canada. Canada's premiers at a meeting in Halifax also called for fair treatment and for the government to extend the tax exemption or eliminate it altogether. “As long as I’m the environment minister, there will be no more exemptions to carbon pricing,” fanatical Environment Minister Guilbeault declared. He accused Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre of having no “moral decency" on a private Conservative member's bill that had proceeded to the Senate to exempt farmers from carbon taxes on propane and natural gas used to heat greenhouses and barns. Saskatchewan has introduced legislation to stop SaskEnergy, the Crown-owned gas utility, from collecting the carbon tax on natural gas.


The Liberals claim that the temporary exemption on heating oil is to allow the users time to switch to heat pumps and are making rebates available. But the thousands of dollars needed to install a whole new heating system in a home before any rebate is paid is an obstacle for many home owners. As well, the installation of heat pumps is not a straightforward process. The construction of the home, the existing heating system, and the selection of the type of heat pump are all factors that complicate it. A home energy assessment is needed and some insurance companies require a backup heating system to ensure that there is no damage due to frozen pipes, etc. if the heat pump fails to do its job in very cold weather.


It has been revealed that Canada spent $3 million on the attendance of a delegation of government officials, indigenous representatives and support staff at the COP28, 28TH United Nations climate change conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in November 2023. In total there were 633 attendees from Canada that also included executives from private corporations and other organizations who paid their own way to join the party. Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation questioned the environmental stewardship of spending over a million dollars to facilitate 633 people boarding flights to Dubai. "Nothing screams fighting climate change like flying around the world, burning through jet fuel and taxpayers' cash. This fits into a bigger problem with this government where politicians and bureaucrats are constantly jetting off to fancy conferences and sticking struggling taxpayers with the big bill."


Carbon taxes are only the most visible of the misguided policies to make Canada an anti-energy martyr. The Energy East pipeline to bring oil from Alberta to Eastern Canada, and would have replaced oil imports from Saudi Arabia and the U.S., was killed by federal government obstacles. There are the multi billion-dollar subsidies for vehicle electric battery plants, clean fuel regulations, the oil-and-gas-sector emissions cap, the electricity sector coal phaseout, strict energy efficiency rules for new and existing buildings, new performance mandates for natural gas-fired generation plants, the regulatory blockade against liquefied natural gas export facilities, new motor vehicle fuel economy standards, caps on fertilizer use on farms, provincial ethonal production subsidies, electric vehicle mandates and subsidies, provincial renewable electricity mandates, battery storage experiments, the Green Infrastructure Fund, carbon capture and underground storage mandates, subsidies for electric buses and emergency vehicles, new aviation and rail sector emission limits, and on and on. It is estimated that the Liberal's Net Zero Carbon by 2050 Plan will cost $4.5 trillion, $400,000 per family, even if it is achievable.