Nature, Trudeau and the Carbon TaxThe scientific journal Nature had it in for Stephen Harper but they fairly wet themselves over popular pretty-boy, Justin Trudeau and his carbon-taxing ways.
The surest ways for Canada (or any other nation) to increase its environmental impacts (including climate-changing CO2 emissions) is to both increase its population and to increase its consumption. The express policy of the Trudeau Government is to increase population and increase consumption. They have adopted a three-pronged approach:
When the Trudeau carbon tax is put into context with his other policies, it is clear that the long-term effect can only be more people living less well in an impoverished ecosystem.
- Increasing the subsidy to parents for each child that they produce.
- Increase population by means of immigration --- often from nations which have high fertility.
- Increasing GDP (consumption) by borrowing money to "stimulate" the economy.
The basic fallacy articulated by the Trudeau Government is that:"We will save the environment by growing the economy."This is not a scientifically credible position to take and is, in fact, no different from the position articulated by the previous --- much maligned --- Harper Government. And yet we can be sure that there will be no government-funded scientists in Canada speaking out against the Trudeau Government. They are too busy "swooning" over the man who butters their bread. Never fear, this scientist will speak out.
More credible policies would be to: (1) Tax those who produce more than 1 or 2 children. (2) Tax advertisements --- because they are a primary mechanism for brainwashing people into consuming more than they need and more than they really want and, increasingly, more than they can afford! (3) Abolish income tax and replace it with tax on consumption of all material items (including fossil fuels, of course). But let us not tax ideas, because those we really do need.
So what is the difference between the Harper Government and the Trudeau Government? The long version:
In short: One does it with the stick, the other with candy.
- Harper said: "Cash is short, so any government-funded scientist who doesn't tow the line will be fired."
- Trudeau says: "Here, take some borrowed cash and be a nice scientist."
Every scientist has his/her price.