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Governments shouldn't count on predictable response to carbon taxes

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Written By: Stewart Muir
Published: Affordable Energy (www.affordableenergy.ca)


The night before British Columbia’s carbon-dioxide emissions tax was implemented in February 2008, I was surprised to see lineups at gas stations. Some motorists apparently believed that the end of affordable gasoline was nigh and they better fill up, because at midnight they’d start paying an extra 2.5 cents a litre.
The world didn’t end, and over the next year, B.C. recorded a small drop in the amount of gasoline sold for road-transport use. From 1,107 litres a person in 2007, consumption fell by four per cent.
Since this coincided with the 2007-2009 “great” global recession, there has always been some question whether it was carbon pricing or alternatively a reduction in general economic activity, that accounted for the drop. B.C. registered barely any economic growth in 2008. In 2009, its economy shrank. Ten years later, it’s often claimed that the B.C. carbon tax has brought about a long-term, 10-per-cent …

Report on Mission of PSAC Members to Ottawa

Gary G. Mar, President & CEO
Petroleum Services Association of Canada
Report on Mission of PSAC Members to Ottawa
December 1 – 5, 2018


‘Twas weeks before Christmas, and on Parliament Hill,  PSAC traveled to fight, a Government Bill. 
C-69 will wreak devastation,  On energy projects, across this great nation. 
Canadian energy is a responsible brand,  That benefit all those who live in our land. 
We should be proud, without being crass,  Of the importance of clean burning natural gas. 
Our oil is produced with the greatest of care, T o protect our soil and water and air. 
Now days before Christmas, all through the land,  Not a pipeline was pending, no chance to expand. 
The proceedings, so endless, were done for the season,  None scheduled for judges to listen to reason. 
Energy workers were resigned to their beds,  Where hopes of employment played with their heads. 
Their children, once hopeful of warm Christmas cheer,  Now hoped it would be better sometime next year.

Focus on climate change draws resources best used elsewhere

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Writter: Bjorn Lomborg
Published: The Australian (www.theaustralian.com.au)

The reason we are failing to cut emission isn’t because people aren’t willing to take action. It’s because green energy sources are not yet competitive enough to take over from fossil fuels for all of our energy needs. Picture: AP.

Politicians are gathering in Poland for a climate summit being billed as the most important conference since the Paris treaty was signed in 2015. Around the world the chattering classes have declared that more political willpower is needed to solve global warming. This is deluded: it ignores the privileged place climate change has among all of humanity’s challenges and misses the real reasons for our failure.

Across the past quarter-century climate change has received more attention — and generated more prophesies of doom — from political and religious leaders, celebrities and royalty than any other issue.

It is given so much attention that it is sacrilegious to even point out that w…