Why don’t I like BC’s Carbon Tax?
Because I’m not interested in what is, at best, a symbolic advance against carbon emissions that in practical application does little more than hurt middle and low-income families.
I oppose climate change policy instruments designed to split progressives, protect business, underprice real emissions, ensure no meaningful emission reduction and deepen the regressive tax shift that underlies BC’s hidden story of inequality growth over the last decade of BC Liberal rule.
I oppose policies that tactically turn the environmental movement into toadies for anti-environment governments, while delivering next to nothing in return.
Above all I oppose policies like the Carbon Tax that hit ordinary folks first, ironically helping to cement the Fox News picture of environmentalists as latte sipping rich urban Liberals who don’t have a clue how hard it is to get by if you’re an average person these days – in part this is because it’s true.
It’s also the wrong strategy and extremely harmful in the long run. An environmental movement captured by the elites with policies that hurt the average person is a movement guaranteed to fail on the important issues, like climate change.
From fracking and pipelines to mining, forestry and land protection as well as climate change that’s been the story of BC’s environmental movement since the introduction of the Carbon Tax. Such a shame after two decades of growth and success.
Nothing more on the Carbon Tax, but I will be writing on BC’s epidemic of inequality and the tax shift from rich to poor that is driving BC’s inequality epidemic. And the Carbon Tax has a role in that.