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I'm going to wait until tomorrow to fill up my tank. Every litre I pump without a carbon price is a litre my kids will have to pay for as they suck it out of the atmosphere. I pay my own way whenever I can, and that's why I'm glad to have a #CarbonTax. #cdnpoli
So yesterday I got frustrated with PC shenanigans and wrote this off-the-cuff response, and it blew up a bit.

While you're here, follow @KHayhoe for climate science facts, @David_Moscrop and @StewartPrest for #cdnpoli analysis, and of course @ElizabethMay for good politics.
Many more to mention, but my point is that I retweet smart people who know what they're talking about all day long, and it never gets this kind of attention. There ARE real facts and analysis out there, easily accessible. If you bear with me for a minute I'll summarize a bit:
1. No, paying more at the pump won't stop climate change. But it will correct a market externality - which is a fancy way of saying that it will mean we finally pay the true cost of our gas. Or at least we're getting closer to it. We need to include the cost of cleanup.
2. Not paying for cleanup not only pushes those costs off to our kids and grandkids - and those costs go from pricey gas for us today to major disasters for them - but it also distorts the market, keeping us dependent on oil.

I WOULD stop using gas, but that's not an option yet.
3. There are currently no major alternatives to gasoline for me: I live in a rural area with no transit, and I can't afford an electric car. These alternatives exist, but not at the scale, or the price, we need them to in order to get off oil. That's where the carbon tax comes in
4. The carbon tax raises the price of gasoline closer to where it would be if we accounted for the pollution, but it also levels the playing field for other technologies that are otherwise more expensive, making them a good option financially as well as ethically.
5. As the people who can afford to go electric or transit-only do so, those technologies hit scales where they get cheaper and more accessible. Infrastructure gets built to meet demand, prices go down, allowing more of us to switch as we're able.
6. In the meantime, yes, some things are more expensive for the people who can't afford to switch, and that's not fair. Which is where the rebate comes in.
Carbon-fee-and-dividend was a Green policy, adapted by the Liberals. It's recommended by economists: greenparty.ca/en/media-relea…
7. Note that @fordnation and @PremierScottMoe and @jkenney never mention the dividend part, or the fact that most Canadians will actually get MORE back than they pay in increased bills. In polls, when people know about the rebate they tend to support the #CarbonTax.
8. With the rebate, nobody is "punished" for not changing their consumer behaviour (e.g., their type of heating or car), but they'll have more options if they decide to change. Options are a good thing. And they'll have a lump-sum at tax time that might help them invest.
9. Is the #CarbonTax perfect? Of course not. It should be way bigger. But the danger is that if the Liberals push it too hard, too fast, they fear they'll lose to Conservatives who'll scrap the whole thing. Which might happen anyway. Liberals like to hedge bets.
10. That kind of incrementalism is dangerous when we're dealing with fixed limits. The carbon in our atmosphere doesn't care about Canadian politics, and might just burn us while we argue about pricing mechanisms. But there's another danger that's already landed: moral licensing.
11. People say that BC's carbon tax failed because their emissions continued to rise. It didn't - there was a measurable reduction in transportation-related emissions. But emissions rose because they used that improvement as license to ramp up fracking.
12. If there's a #CarbonTaxScam, it's the bait-and-switch of carbon pricing and pipelines. We don't have time to rob Peter to pay Paul. Making reductions in one area is not license to pollute elsewhere, and yet we went and bought a pipeline, justified by this carbon tax.
13. A carbon tax is a good use of market mechanisms to support changes in technology and consumer behaviour - that's great, but it's only part of what's needed. We need a strategy that includes industry regulation, market mechanisms, and local solutions, all working together.
14. Note that conservative politicians these days claim to favour regulation over pricing mechanisms. But a decade ago they supported carbon pricing and called regulations "job killers". They oppose every type of #ClimateAction as long as anyone else favours it.
15. Even rosy scenarios these days show our future as a horror show unless we take ambitious action RIGHT NOW. If you're worried about 4 cents at the pump, consider the hundreds of millions Ontario spent on a two-day storm in February. Climate change increases frequency of storms
16. If you're worried about passing public debt on to your children, worry more about passing a livable climate on to them. Economies can't handle having a 100-year storm every 5-10 years. We CAN afford 4 cents a litre tax; we can't afford runaway climate change.
17. But there's lots of good news in this. Renewable energy and efficiency retrofits is a HUGE, multi-trillion-dollar industry. A Stanford economist recently modelled how Canada can get off oil in short order, and we'd increase net jobs by 200,000+.
18. Clean energy isn't concentrated in the far north, and renewable energy installation and maintenance jobs average $80-90k/year - that's phenomenal where I live, in an area of Ontario that depends on factory jobs that are being automated away.
19. While heavy-haulers in the oilsands are going autonomous, solar installation needs boots on the ground. We NEED these clean energy jobs. Increasing the cost of oil compared to renewables via a carbon tax makes more of those jobs viable AND reduces our emissions.
20. I've gone on long enough, thanks for hanging in to the end. Do a few minutes of research before you buy the anti-#CarbonTax messaging, and save your outrage for the people who try to leverage your frustration for their own ends at the expense of your children's future. Cheers
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