Why Kyoto Failed in Canada

Commentary, Globalization, Adrian Vannahme

As Canada prepares to enter into negotiations for a climate change pact, it is critical to examine the factors which made Kyoto a failure in this country. The new climate change treaty should only be signed if emission targets are flexible, and responsive to changing demographic and economic conditions.

Don’t Fear the Environmental Bogeyman

Commentary, Environment, Adrian Vannahme

Many people believe that the condition of the natural environment is deteriorating but in a wide variety of areas including air quality, water quality, soil quality, forest conservation and ecosystem preservation, Canada has made significant and sustained progress in recent decades. Canadians should be proud of this record of progress, and should celebrate the fact that our children are likely to live their adult lives within a natural environment that is cleaner and healthier than what exists today.

If it Walks and Squawks like a Carbon Tax, It is a Carbon Tax

Commentary, Environment, Adrian Vannahme

The government’s proposed “carbon market” will act like a tax on businesses and households. By placing a “price” on carbon emissions, a carbon market would drive up prices for a wide variety of products and would strain household budgets while having a negative impact on economic growth. Since the costs of the policy would be great, and the emission reductions achieved would be too slight to have any detectable impact on the global warming phenomenon, this costs of this policy exceed the benefits.