If you think carbon pollution is not damaging to the environment, to humans and consequently to the economy, pull your car in a garage, shut the door, start the engine, and inhale the exhaust fumes for a few minutes, please don’t wait to see what happens.
Obviously, carbon pollution threatens our health, our economy, our future and much more the future of our children. And because it is only most consequential in the distant future do not mean we should ignore it today.
— TooFact (@tooFact) July 2, 2019
It is time the progressive conservatives leaders stopped misleading the public about Ottawa’s pollution curbing strategy. It is time they stopped wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on court challenges to the federal government’s carbon pricing. It is high time they stop playing politics at the expense of lives.
Recent manifestations of the impacts of climate change in Canada include:
- Major wildfires in Alberta in 2016
- Major wildfire in British Columbia in 2017 and 2018
- Major flood events in Ontario and Québec in 2017
- Major flood events in British Columbia, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick in 2018
- The recent major flooding in Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick in 2019 was likely also fuelled by climate change.”
Carbon Pollution is the main contributor to climate change, making extreme weather worse including more severe floods, widespread wildfires and record drought. It is also linked to life-threatening air pollution, such as the smog that can trigger asthma attacks.
Climate change is real and people expect their government to act. Andrew Scheer and the three provincial premiers in his camp may want to rethink their strategy. More tax payers money will only be wasted in a doomed effort to keep their base alive.
In May, Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court, in a 3-2 decision, upheld the carbon pricing law as constitutional. Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled the federal government’s carbon charge is constitutionally sound in a 4-1 decision.
“Two provincial Appeal Courts have upheld the federal law, and it is very likely the Supreme Court will do the same,” Elgie said. “It would be great if Doug Ford took the $30 million he’s using to fight carbon pricing, and instead used it to fight climate change.”
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said he was relieved the courts rejected Ford’s attempts to make Ontario a “rogue actor in the fight against the climate crisis.”