Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money

Billions of dollars in spending announcements allow politicians to burnish their green credentials. But they don't get the job done

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money“Around the world, businesses, governments and experts agree that carbon pricing is the cheapest and most efficient way to cut carbon pollution,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently tweeted. If what she says is true, it means all other anti-carbon strategies – including regulations and subsidies – are unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.…

Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax can and should be scrapped

The sooner this happens, the sooner the transition to a more stable and affordable economy can occur

Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax can and should be scrappedToo complicated. Too expensive. Too uncertain. Too dangerous. Canada's carbon pricing lobby has plenty of frantic reasons why Ontario Premier Doug Ford should abandon his plan to repeal the province's cap-and-trade carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme. Unclutch those pearls, folks. This carbon tax can be scrapped without causing political chaos, financial ruin or environmental devastation.…

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resources

There’s no better way to waste public funds than to have programs where everyone is spending everyone else’s money

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resourcesPremier Doug Ford has already broken a key promise. Instead of putting money back into the pockets of Ontarians, the new Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario is apparently hiking expenses. We know this because that great bastion of sound fiscal logic and clear economic thinking – the Toronto Star editorial board – says so. The Green Ontario Fund, which Ford plans to cut, “is putting money…

Make Ontario energy affordable again

Premier Doug Ford must fulfil his promise to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax

Make Ontario energy affordable againBack in 2016, Toronto-based Leland Industries announced it would no longer expand in Ontario but instead do so in Illinois. Illinois businesses are themselves fleeing to nearby U.S. states because that state’s business and personal taxes make it an expensive place to do business. That a company would move to high-tax Illinois tells us all we need to know…

The power of anger over energy pricing

Ignore the green lobby, Premier Doug Ford. Ontarians voted for affordable energy this time in turfing the Liberals

The power of anger over energy pricingElections are often considered to be referendums on the economy. When the economy is performing well, incumbent governments are supposed to benefit from a contented electorate. That’s not what happened in Ontario. By most measures, the Ontario economy is doing just fine. Unemployment, one of the most important indicators for voters, is the lowest it’s…

Zapping taxpayers won’t validate green energy

The massively subsidized European power grid is in no way proof that the underlying renewables technology is viable

Zapping taxpayers won’t validate green energyA few years back, I had a chat with a reporter who had recently moved to Calgary from Europe, where he covered energy issues. In a discussion about renewables, he gave the oft-heard opinion that Europe was, of course, “ahead” of Canada. His eyes widened with admiration for how Europeans were greening their power grid.…

Turning the truth about carbon taxation on its head

Some people actually believe the nonsense that taxing carbon leads to economic growth

Turning the truth about carbon taxation on its headThe facts are in. And the evidence proves provinces with female premiers have the fastest growing economies. No wait, that's not it. Bigger provinces grow faster. Or maybe it's that provinces whose names end in vowels do better that those ending in consonants. It's all random nonsense, of course. But that's the level of economic…

The green agenda comes at a high cost for Canadians

Government green programs impose costs on third parties. Consumers and taxpayers must pay for those policies, and the environment actually suffers

The green agenda comes at a high cost for CanadiansIn a 1999 interview, the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman remarked that there were good arguments for having government take action to reduce pollution, like smoke from power plants. That’s because the smoke imposes costs on third parties – for example, by dirtying property as well as surrounding public spaces. A power plant produces…

Hasty shift to e-trucks can carry shocks

How a premature move to electric trucks could hurt Canadian consumers

Hasty shift to e-trucks can carry shocksYou don’t have to be a climate-change alarmist to recognize that we need to make some changes to the way we consume energy. I’m not in a panic, but I see a lot of waste and try to do my bit to reduce it. I set the thermostat lower in the winter and don’t turn…

Unplugged from the reality of our energy needs

The green movement’s fossil-fuel divestment crusade hurts the poor and middle class

Unplugged from the reality of our energy needsIf you ever wonder how academics and activists combine to end up utopian, anti-poor and anti-middle class all at once, look no further than calls for savings and pension divestment from Canadian oil and gas companies. One academic from Toronto’s Ryerson University wrote of how “we are facing an impending disaster” from fossil fuels. The professor had…

Get ready for a greener but poorer and slower economy

As the world’s fastest growing economies expand fossil fuels usage, carbon dioxide emissions, jobs and growth, Canada is going the opposite direction

Get ready for a greener but poorer and slower economyCanadians have generally accepted that carbon pricing is necessary to save the planet. But as taxes and consumer costs rise, promised green jobs fail to materialize and few others in the world seem serious about staying the course, it’s time for a rethink. Rising population and prosperity in the developing world will grow global demand…

Another province calls Trudeau’s carbon tax bluff

Wearing thin is the insistence from carbon tax proponents across Canada that there was no other way this could have played out

Another province calls Trudeau’s carbon tax bluffWhen the Alberta government introduced its carbon dioxide emissions tax, ministers often claimed that if they hadn’t, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would impose his own tax, leaving taxpayers worse off. More than a year later, New Brunswick is challenging that ‘we have no choice’ assertion. In December, Premier Brian Gallant’s government announced that instead of introducing a…

Fireplace ban endangers lives during an emergency

It's apparently more important to protect the environment than it is to allow humans the tools to survive in a crisis

Fireplace ban endangers lives during an emergencyOh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful. Since we've no place to go, Let it snow, let it snow, let it – ZAP! The power has suddenly gone out. Are you ready for such an emergency? According to the federal government's Get Prepared website, “you need to be able to…

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to Texas

Texas switched from coal to natural gas and dramatically cut carbon emissions. Why doesn't Canada follow its example?

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to TexasOne marvellous aspect of promoting a country or region’s comparative economic advantage – location, natural resources, the education rates of a population – is that if it’s allowed to blossom, that advantage pays dividends in multiple ways. Consider how Hong Kong’s natural geographic advantage was combined with the then-colonial British governing institutions – specifically, a commitment…

Canada’s economic dilemma: resource rich, investment poor

Across the country, governments seem intent on discouraging investment, and that hurts job creation, productivity and wage growth

Canada’s economic dilemma: resource rich, investment poorWhat drives business investment? Even after the precipitous decline in the price of oil in the second half of 2014, the answer in Canada is still natural resources. As newly-released data from Statistics Canada shows, in 2016 business investment per capita was highest in the energy-producing provinces. It was around $21,400 in Newfoundland and Labrador,…