Carbon Tax: The Next Morning

As I sit back after a good nights sleep from hearing the throne speech of the British Columbia Liberals’ Budget, it all starts to sink in as what will happen to BC’er’s once the “cow-pie” had fallen back down to Earth. At first I prepared for the worst–huge, unfair tax hikes that only benefited the wealthy and screw the poor, and a drastic change in life style that I have seen in some Hollywood flick. Well, none of that will happen from the numbers that I have seen in the budget. I believe that because of the small increase at the gas pumps, and the deduction on our Income tax, it all cancels everything out–and will inflate, or add to the cost of living between now and 2012 as a secondary effect.

I know from my place of work, due to the nature of our business, our reliance on vehicles will greatly be affect by the price hike at the pumps, so naturally this cost will be passed directly onto the consumer. Gas is already on its way up due to the another serge in oil prices, so it is only going to get worse over the next few months. Perhaps the $2.00 pre Litre days are very close, like in a few months? As for the tax rebates, well again, how will that be doled out? For those of us who use fossil fuels to heat our homes with I guess the only logical choice would be to go back to a wood burning system for our winter heat source because the rebait (note the spelling) will only pay for a wheelbarrow to haul the wood back to the house?

I just do not think that the government went far enough to develop a greener future for us all. Carbon taxes seem to soft and have little weight to a society that is willing to maintain its current reliance on fossil fuels. As money flows freely from continued stripping of natural resources and cheep sources of energy, people are still going to show their status symbols by driving SUVs and living in monster homes. In my opinion, government should regulate, restrict and limit general aspects of our material usage at a unilateral level–for everyone. For example, limit and restrict engines sizes in vehicles–say up to 80 Hp 2.5 litre max–no more SUVs! This will not only reduce carbon emissions, but high-speed accidents and street racing. Scale back and reduce what can be taken out of the ground that the resource based industry makes their billions of dollars from, in other words, place a cap. A limit on tree cutting and mining, in other words, only a set amount of trees can be harvested, and a set volume of oil pumped out of the ground on a annual time-table. Sure Banks and businesses are going to cry to blues, but if you want to reduce pollution you got to draw the line! Perhaps our economic system needs to be redrawn…. eh?

Just remember also that cow-pie contains carbon too!


I almost forgot! Tonight is “Red Moon” night or Total Lunar Eclipse time as the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon. All this should take place well before sunset for us on the West Coast of North America, but the eclipse will start at 8:40pm Eastern. As the Sun sets, the moon will slowly turn red as the Earth’s shadow passes across the surface. Because of the size different between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon does not completely go dark because light will still spill across lunar surface, making the red blood colour. Don’t worry if you think you’ll miss it–the whole event will take over four hours from start to finish. So look East–you’ll get mooned! Ha!

Hey, Paper is Made of Carbon?

The mid-terms are over, thus marking the mid-point of the semester for me, and the next six to nine weeks marks the home stretch–although it is not over as far as the pursuit of completing my degree goes? Last night I wrote the stats exam. This one was weighted as only 15 percent of the over course total mark, but nonetheless, it took almost two hours to write. All the questions were in essay format, meaning that my poor writing hand is in a lot of pain from holding the pen for so long. This pain is also known as writer’s cramp, or examinees’ torture. Now, what is left in the term are the projects, papers and finals. With three course this term, this means at least nine more events before mid April to look forward too. People wonder why professionals charge so much money for their services….

A Greener British Columbia? In a few hours the BC Provincial government will be issuing its annual budget to the people, and included within that budget will be the much publicized and controversial Carbon Tax. With only a preconception of what this will mean for the tax payers and its impact on the people, I am eagerly awaiting to see how our government is going to apply this tax? For me, the success of this tax will hinge on how it is applied. I personally don’t agree with the Carbon Tax scheme, as I see more effective ways of dealing with managing our environment, but this seems to be the way the BC Liberals want to proceed with the environmental issues? My concerns rests in how this tax will be applied?

I like to use the loaf of bread metaphor as a means of critiquing what impact and benefit this will have on everyone within the province. In all likelihood, the rule of economics dictates that if something is inflated or deflated at one end of the economic spectrum, the effect will be felt across the spectrum over to the other end of it. The question I ask is, who will bear the brunt of the tax? Obviously the economy as a whole will be impacted because no matter who receives the tax, the spending and inflation rates will change it. The next question is, who will be affected the most by this? The media says that gas will be greatly affect by this tax, so the overall cost of the loaf of bread will increase substantially as we have seen with just the increases in the cost of oil over the last two years. The final question is, will the environment be better off with this tax, in other words, will people just accept the increase in costs, or will they scale down their use of oil in reciprocation of the tax?

The final question to my query is, who gets the money in the end? Is our government responsible enough to implement this into providing greener solutions, or will they leaving it up the businesses and corporations to apply it on a voluntary bases? My fear with the Carbon Tax and Carbon Credits scheme is that each region will be treated differently adding undue stress some while others benefit without as much cost. Can the government fairly apply the rules and enforce it without loop-holes and escape-clauses built into the law so that large corporations can easily slip through? For example: If I have a business that is able to export my labour to a country that is free to use carbon, should I be penalization when sending my goods back into BC’s economy–we see this with the PST on gasoline?

But I am only speculating here because I have no idea what the government is going to do. I guess we will all find out in a couple of hours? Will I be happy about it, or just take it on the nose until the next election?