When Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer announced a plan to remove GST from all home heating bills it drew considerable lack of attention, until the Parliamentary Budget Officer warned that it will cost $1.5 billion a year in revenue initially, and more each year, while saving an average household $117 per year. But the weird thing is that Scheer claims to take man-made global warming very seriously, to the point that his climate change program will become the best plan ever once he actually thinks of it. Except making heating by oil or gas cheaper means more gets burned releasing more CO2. Are you sure you’re a committed alarmist?
We’re not advocating higher carbon taxes. Nor are we advocating cumbersome and ineffective regulations. On the whole those like Andrew Coyne who advocate a pure carbon tax in place of a messy regulatory scheme have the best of the argument on how to reduce GHGs if you’re determined to do so. Which means those who reject carbon taxes would have the worst of it even if they actually had an alternative plan. When they don’t it’s fatuous … unless you actually think the best course of action is to do nothing.
Scheer doesn’t. At least not out loud. But just as he’s absolutely bent on eliminating the deficit, except he’s not, and determined to budget prudently except when handing out money he can’t replace in the hope of getting votes, he’s determined to stop us from using fossil fuels except he’ll make it easier.
As with Justin Trudeau’s idea of rebating carbon tax revenues so we can still afford the gas the tax makes more expensive, there seems to be a lot more PR than IQ in this scheme.