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|On July 1, BC's carbon tax rises over 1 cent a
litre to 6.67 cents. Do you think the carbon tax is a good idea?
Yes, we have to do something: 6.86%
Yes, but we should do more: 5.15%
No, it's a bad idea: 87.99%
Total Votes: 583
July 3, 2012 Castanet.net Poll
‘Green’ vehicle option examined in Central Okanagan government
Kelowna Capital News - By Mike Simmons - November
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is
examining a purchasing policy for green or hybrid vehicles as they
cement their 2011 to 2015 financial plan.
Administration and finance director Marilyn Rilkoff noted the board
might wish to look at a policy for purchasing green or hybrid
She pointed out the capital cost of green or hybrid vehicles can be
about $5,000 more than for regular vehicles, and would have effects
on financial reserves for the future.
Director Graeme James noted that hybrid vehicles make sense in some
instances, but added some regular vehicles can emit less carbon. He
added that at one time, the provincial government was buying hybrid
cars when a regular Toyota Yaris had a smaller carbon footprint.
“Some of these smaller vehicles do the job, are a lot cheaper and
have a smaller carbon footprint.”
Director of corporate services Harold Reay said that the regional
district’s policy up to now has been to buy the most economical
vehicle that serves their purpose, without any consideration towards
carbon footprint. “If we’re going to be looking at changing our
fleet and looking at total carbon footprint for any vehicle, its got
to be able to do the job as well.”
Director Sharon Shepherd pointed out the City of Kelowna has been
involved in a green fleet program, and has a great deal of
information on the subject that the regional district could access.
She added that city staff are looking at options for purchasing
green vehicles in bulk. Shepherd suggested the regional district and
the city work together on bulk purchasing, as it would reduce the
cost of the vehicles. Shepherd noted the number of vehicles needed
by the regional district would be minimal compared to those required
by the city.
Rilkoff said the regional district has no purchaser and staff have
been taking on the duties themselves. She added that if the
purchasing of the vehicles could be centralized, there are cost
savings to be had.
The board passed a motion to bring forward a policy on green
vehicles for consideration, consider bulk purchasing through other
municipalities, and make an allocation in the budget for green
msimmons "at" kelownacapnews.com
|EVERYONE WILL BE DRIVING ON MARGARINE
Carbon Fuel Requirements Act coming into effect
Jan 1, 2010. The RFS requires
that the total volume of gasoline and diesel class fuels (i.e. light
fuel oil) sold in the province contain an average of 5% renewable
Carbon Tax will apply to ethanol at the same rate as gasoline, and
to renewable diesel fuel at the same rate as light fuel oil.
Renewable diesel fuel includes both biodiesel and
hydrogenated-derived renewable diesel fuel.
They have to have
legislation for refiners and collectors of fuel ... due to french fry oil
being collected we imagine.
Revenue-neutral: The carbon tax will be revenue neutral. Legislation will
require a plan to be tabled in the legislature each year, showing how the
revenue raised will be returned to taxpayers. All revenue generated by the
carbon tax will be returned to individuals and businesses through reductions to
other taxes. None of the carbon tax revenue will be used for expenditure
The carbon tax will be phased in to give individuals, businesses, and industry
time to adapt, innovate, and reduce the impact of the tax. The carbon tax starts
at a rate based on $10 per tonne of associated carbon, or carbon-equivalent,
emissions and will rise by $5 a year for the next four years — reaching $30 per
tonne by 2012. This works out to 2.41 cents per litre
for gasoline, rising gradually to 7.24 cents a litre by 2012.
For diesel and home heating oil, it works out to 2.76 cents per litre, rising to
8.27 cents over the same five-year
How to claim
your $100 climate action refund cheque
Check out your Terasen Gas Bill. Should the Feds be allowed to charge GST on the
recently introduced B.C. CARBON TAX. A tax on a tax?
Vernon Morning Star - Letters - Published: April
RE: Colin Mayes' MP Report.
The heading should have read Gas Tax Siphoned from Vernon.
Currently, the federal government takes .10 cents per litre plus GST
tax of $.005 per litre from all purchases of gas by Vernon drivers.
Assuming the average car owner fills their vehicle with 60 litres of
gas per week, that would represent $6.30 in gas tax and GST per
With approximately 10,000 cars in the Vernon area, that amounts to
$63,000 per week or
per year. Mr. Mayes states his government has ramped up the
gas tax rebate to .05 cents per litre or
$1,560,000 per year.
Will the City of Vernon receive anything close to this amount?
is a discrepancy of $1,716,000 per year that will not be returned to
the Vernon area. At a minimum, the federal government takes
(1.5 million cars at $6.30 x 52 = $327.60 per vehicle per year) $4.9
million per year from gas taxes in B.C. What amount of that is
returned to B.C.?
I find his statement that "our government is committed to flow your
money back to you by supporting your community and provincial
priorities" to be totally lacking in credulity and his veracity must
be seriously questioned.
H.J. (Chub) Down
B.C. Liberal members push back on carbon tax
By Tom Fletcher - BC Local News - Published:
October 31, 2008
Delegates to the B.C. Liberal Party
convention voted strongly Friday to investigate a "rural living tax
credit" that would offset the cost of the province's carbon tax for
people who face longer travel distances and colder winters.
B.C. Liberal members discussed the rural and northern impact of the
tax with a cabinet panel consisting of Tourism Minister Bill
Bennett, Finance Minister Colin Hansen, Labour Minister Iain Black,
Economic Development Minister Ida Chong, Small Business Minister
Kevin Krueger and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.
"You have to answer this question before the government's climate
change program proceeds any further," one delegate told the panel.
"We can certainly take a look at it," Hansen told party members
gathered at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Resolutions for the convention did not include a direct reference to
the carbon tax, which is scheduled to increase along with offsetting
income tax cuts next July. Asked during a break if party members
support the tax, Premier Gordon Campbell said they do.
"I think that people all understand that we have to act on climate
change," Campbell said. "No one would come here and say that it
hasn't been an issue over the last number of months, it has been.
They also support the 44 per cent reduction in small business income
tax. They also support the personal income tax reductions."
Krueger reminded delegates that people outside Metro Vancouver pay
six cents less in provincial fuel tax. The higher rates support
transit services in B.C.'s major urban centre.
The carbon tax on gasoline and other fossil fuels has been hailed by
environmentalists and economists, but it has also translated into an
apparent surge of support for the NDP opposition after a summer-long
"axe the gas tax" protest campaign.
Carbon tax revenues must be returned by law through personal and
business income tax cuts. When the program began in July, it started
with $100 "climate action dividend" cheques sent to all residents,
and quarterly tax credit payments are also being mailed out to
While the carbon tax is revenue neutral to the B.C. government,
rural and northern communities have argued it falls
disproportionately on them. That sentiment was reflected by B.C.
Liberal delegates, many of whom counted themselves as rural
Campbell has ruled out regional exemptions to the fuel tax. But with
polls showing support for his party slipping this year, Campbell
recently announced rebates for local governments to cover their
increased fuel and heating costs.
Could it be possible we’re being ripped off twice at the pumps?
Kelowna Capital News - Letters - Published:
October 07, 2008
To the editor:
Not long ago, a CTV consumer’s report told of gas prices and
inaccuracy. They measured the fuel being delivered by
the gas pump at several service stations and found some that were
delivering a lot less fuel than what was being registered on the
With the gas companies charging us higher prices per litre for fuel
we can only hope the pumps are delivering accurate amounts of fuel.
Otherwise we are getting beat up twice.
Yesterday, I fueled up at a station at Highway 97 and Spall and
observed their pumps have not been calibrated since “August 2003,”
according to the sticker on each pump. This does not mean the pumps
are inaccurate in delivering fuels, but it does make you wonder how
accurate can they be after more than five years.
How often do gas pumps get calibrated? Surely every five or six
years isn’t often enough.
Maybe an investigative reporter could check the other fuel stations
in the Kelowna area, see when their pumps were last calibrated. I
think this would provide an excellent story which may also pressure
the gas companies to service and calibrate their gas pumps more
The only exceptions should be the newer stations which recently
opened and should have had pumps calibrated before they opened for
David W. Kuhn,
Vernon Morning Star Letters - Published: August
It is heartening to hear that the well-intentioned Alberta
government is planning on spending $4 billion for carbon
sequestration and public transit. But why is this money being spent
on burying CO2 from coal power generation when there is no place to
put it? The Leduc oil fields would have to be the major repository
for it but where else could it go? It makes more sense to invest
instead in alternative power generation for the Alberta Tar Sands
project which is the single biggest contributor of greenhouse gasses
in this country, to the extent that American environmentalists,
Barak Obama included, question the validity of importing "dirty oil"
Substituting nuclear reactors for the coal and natural gas thermal
generation of electricity and steam for the tar sands would
eliminate much of the megatons of greenhouse gasses that would be
produced over the (hopefully) long lifespan of the project and would
go a long way toward fulfilling our Kyoto commitments. It would also
serve to prove the viability of our own reactor technology, which
will (again hopefully) be in great demand in the near future.
The old Inco mines in Sudbury could serve as a safe long-term site
for such a purpose since it lies in the Canadian Shield which is one
of the most geologically stable area of the world. The deep
mineshafts there would be ideal for the recoverable storage of
hazardous waste, since the rock is comprised of unfractured granite
with little or no groundwater.
Instead of producing inferior medical marijuana, the Sudbury
mineshafts could be the source of enough revenue to help eliminate
our national debt. It would also eliminate the greatest hurdle to
the production of clean, safe, non-polluting energy that the world
will need to power the electric and hydrogen vehicles of the future.
The alternative is melting glaciers, rising seas and famine. Give us
nuclear energy before it is too late.
Carbon tax a bad idea
Vernon Morning Star Opinion - Published: August
Our Conservative government does not support
the federal Liberals’ carbon tax approach to addressing the
environmental challenges we face today in Canada.
First, we believe the polluters should pay, not the Canadian
taxpayer. The proposed Liberal “Green Shift” plan does not put into
place legislation that would set mandatory targets for industry and
the plan has no incentive for industry to cut emissions. It sounds
just great: if we all pay just a little more tax the government can
address the environmental issues facing the country.
When was the last time government actually designated taxes for a
purpose and actually followed through? Remember, the GST was
implemented to pay down the national debt then ended up as general
revenue; the fuel tax was to build better roads and instead went
into general revenue; increases in Employment Insurance premiums
were not lowered when the economy was creating jobs and the
unemployment rate was at a record low and the $50 billion surplus
was put in general revenue.
This carbon tax proposal is just a new tax, and like all taxes it is
not proportionate and will not have a sunset clause.
Second, our government recognizes that rural Canada does not have
the option many times to use transit in the way that urban Canada
does to cut down on fuel expenses. This means rural Canada is paying
the tax but not able to enjoy the benefit offsetting the cost by
A tax is a tax and once implemented they never go away. Governments
can always justify why the money should be redirected to the program
of the day. I have to ask the question “Why did the former
government not address the environmental issues as proposed by the
Kyoto Accord when they enjoyed huge surpluses?”
Our government is lowering taxes so Canadians are able to set their
priorities. We introduced 100 measures that reduce or eliminate
taxes. Total tax and new child benefit savings for a typical working
family amounts to $3,680 a year. Our government also has reduced the
national debt by $1,500 for every man, woman and child in Canada.
So, if we are not going to tax Canadians to address the
environmental challenges, what is your government going to do?
First, we have our “Turning the Corner” plan that puts goals in
place that industry must meet, which will reduce green house gases
by 20 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2050.
We have invested in renewable energy and also funded research and
development to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. Our government
has spent billions in expansion of transit to make it more
convenient for urban Canadians to park their vehicles.
You can be certain if there were ever a carbon tax in Canada, there
would be the carbon tax department administering the collection of
the carbon tax, the department that would take applications to use
the money for projects to cut emissions, the regulatory authority
and enforcement department and by the time you finished, half the
money collected went into big government.
Let us not go down this path — we have seen the results too often as
The carbon tax debate
By Tom Fletcher - Vernon Morning Star - July 15,
A polling company asked British Columbians if they wanted “big
polluters” to pay the carbon tax, rather than the poor schmucks
sweating as they pull up to the gas pumps.
You bet we do. Oil companies especially, but those industrial
pollution pigs with their top hats and fat cigars should be on top
of the list. They’re getting off easily while we pay, says B.C. NDP
leader Carole James, who finds herself in an odd tag-team with Prime
Minister Stephen Harper heaping scorn on the notion of carbon taxes.
This is an example of the political guff around carbon taxes, which
is why a group of B.C.’s top university professors got together last
week to debunk some myths.
It’s true that big industries like cement plants are not paying
carbon tax on emissions from their “industrial processes” like the
cooking “clinker”. But heating a limestone-clay mixture to 1,500C
takes a lot of natural gas, and they pay carbon tax on their fuel
like everyone else.
The result, notes SFU professor Mark Jaccard, is that nearly 70 per
cent of B.C.’s carbon tax will be paid by industry, while
individuals (especially low-income individuals) will get two thirds
of the corresponding tax cuts.
Of course “industry” includes trucking and other businesses that
will have to pass on fuel costs to consumers if they’re going to
And some industries seem to be getting a sweet deal. Take Spectra
Energy, with four natural gas refineries in northeastern B.C.,
others in Alberta and a head office in Houston, Texas. Its fuel
needs are met with its own raw material, and its industrial carbon
emissions are free until North American governments sort out how
they’re going to manage a carbon trading market.
Spectra sells gas to homes, businesses and big users like cement
plants at prices that have more than doubled in the past year. And
as a bonus,
the B.C. government just chipped in for more than a
fourth of a $12 million pilot project so Spectra can capture and
inject waste carbon dioxide into a deep salt-water layer under its
Fort Nelson gas plant.
Don’t worry, says UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison.
Industry is paying now and will pay more when it has to buy carbon
credits in an auction. Besides, says Jaccard, carbon trading and
carbon taxes accomplish the same thing, and both end up costing the
end user of gasoline, propane, coal or whatever.
Nancy Olewiler, head of SFU’s public policy program, puts the moral
case. Calling from Ontario, she noted there are still few Toyota
Priuses around. This reminded me of former finance minister Carole
Taylor’s observation that it’s hard to find whole wheat bread there.
B.C. has always led Canada on environmental issues, and it’s proving
it again by making the leap to carbon prices while maintaining a
generally low-tax environment for business.
Olewiler doesn’t buy the currently fashionable idea that speculation
is pushing up oil prices when there’s no actual shortage.
“real and growing scarcities,” she says, and the best long-term
strategy is to reduce consumption permanently.
One more thing you should know about the B.C. carbon tax. Most
people understand it’s due to double by 2010 and double again by
2012, when it will add more than seven cents to the price of a litre
What’s not often said is that’s just the start. The 2012 carbon tax
is based on $30 per tonne of carbon emissions.
According to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the
Economy, to make a significant impact on emissions the price of
carbon should be $75 a tonne by 2020.
NDP claims ripped
Jaccard is an advisor to Premier Gordon Campbell’s climate action
team, but he also worked for the NDP government, which appointed him
to head the B.C. Utilities Commission and to do gasoline and
electricity price reviews.
He says he’s appalled at the gross errors in media and political
criticism of the B.C. carbon tax. The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation
slams it without even mentioning the offsetting income tax cuts. And
the B.C. NDP releases a climate change plan that promises a
Danish-style carbon tax instead.
But the Danish carbon tax is higher than B.C.’s and it’s aimed more
at consumers than at industry. Is that what Carole James is
The Scandinavians, of course, have had carbon taxes since the 1990s,
when countries like Canada just talked and signed empty
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press
newspapers. tfletcher "at" blackpress.ca
Waiting on a $100 promise
By Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star - July 10,
The B.C. government promised everyone $100.
But after eagerly checking their mailboxes, some are still waiting
to cash in on that promise.
Margaret McLennan, 79, is one such resident, who, after picking up
her husband’s $100 climate action dividend, was left wondering what
happened to hers.
Apparently, her name is just one of several that has fallen between
“There have been a lot of calls from all over the province from
people who haven’t gotten their cheques,” said Alesha Hayes,
regional communications officer for the government caucus of B.C.
“Everybody wants their $100.”
While some of the cheques are still being sent out, many citizens,
like Vernon’s McLennan, will have to do a little extra work to get
For most, that will involve downloading an application from
www.smartchoicesbc.ca/EN/how__to_get_your_$100, or calling
The reason some will have to work a little harder than the majority
for their money is due to various reasons, from address changes to
income tax filing.
In McLennan’s case, the situation is beyond annoying.
“I was so mad by the time she finished telling me what I had to do,
I just hung up,” said the frustrated senior.
“It doesn’t make any sense with something that everyone was supposed
It leaves her wondering how the system might benefit the
government’s pocket in the end.
“To me it’s a real scam. How many people are going to bother?” said
McLennan, of those who will have to do more than open their mailbox
for their cheque.
Hayes understands some people might not want to take the time to do
But she thinks the money will make it worthwhile.
“One hundred dollars is worth that much effort. It’s like Christmas
She also hopes those who have to put in that much effort will
understand that when trying to reach four million people, there’s
bound to be a few mistakes.
“It happens, that there’s people who fall through the cracks,” said
“But considering the scale of it, it’s going pretty well.”
When they do receive their cheques, Hayes hopes residents will spend
with the environment in mind.
“It would be interesting to know how people are spending their
cheques. Even if it gets them thinking about things like, ‘oh, I
should properly inflate my tires.’”
The climate action dividends were issued following the carbon tax,
which was ushered in July 1.
Carbon Tax Rates
July 1, 2008 2.41 cents per litre up to 7.23 by
July 1, 2012
Gasoline July 1, 2008 2.34 cents per litre
Gasoline July 1, 2009 3.51 cents per litre
Gasoline July 1, 2010 4.68 cents per litre
Gasoline July 1, 2011 5.85 cents per litre
Gasoline July 1, 2012 7.02 cents per litre
Diesel and heating oil
July 1, 2008 2.76 cents per litre up to 8.28 by July
July 1, 2008 1.53 cents per litre up to 4.59 by July
This is a joke we found in the Vernon Morning Star page A8 on May 4, 2008.
We thought it was pretty funny!
That's just the car alarm ... it always goes off when we're being robbed. lol
Carbon tax use puzzles politicians
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - April 16,
Vernon politicians are demanding answers over B.C.’s new carbon tax.
Council voted Monday to fire off a letter to the provincial
government asking for information on how the carbon tax will be used
and the potential impact on municipal finances.
“This is a complex issue and the government has not been clear on
what it intends to do with the carbon tax,” said Coun. Buffy
The issue arose after council received a letter from the District of
In February, Coldstream requested that the provincial government use
funds from the carbon tax for transit projects.
That concept gained some support within Vernon council chambers
“We have some major transit issues, especially trying to get transit
to UBC Okanagan,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane.
That was also the view of Coun. Patrick Nicol.
“We need to up the ante when it comes to transit,” he said.
However, a motion from Cochrane and Nicol to endorse Coldstream’s
“We don’t know the effects of the carbon tax on the city,” said Coun.
Barry Beardsell of why he voted against the motion.
“Why should we jump in on something we don’t fully understand?”
Spend your carbon tax refund at the pump!
I didn't realize this but these coupons shown below are going to be good for one
litre of gas at most retailers. I have seen them around lots but never knew what
they were for.....You probably have one lying around somewhere now. Make sure to
use it before it expires!!
Government needs to reduce carbon instead of pay cheques
article by okanaganlakebc.ca March 13, 2008
The government says the carbon tax will be revenue-neutral. When you think about
it, that statement is hogwash! When the price of fuel goes up, so does the
cost of trucking and manufacturing.
okanaganlakebc.ca feel the government is going to earn more tax money off the
increase we face with higher manufacturing and trucking costs, which helps
offset the reduction in G.S.T. the government gave us from 7% down to 5% awhile
July 1, 2006 GST reduced from 7% to 6%
Jan. 1, 2008 GST reduced from 6% to 5%
okanaganlakebc.ca feel the government wants us to believe they are giving us
tax breaks by way of reducing the G.S.T., but are really taking extra earnings
from the carbon tax to pay for the G.S.T. tax cut?
Does the government not
call extra tax revenue on manufacturing and trucking revenue? How then can
the carbon tax be called revenue-neutral?
We wonder if the government is trying to get more people to do their income
taxes using the $100.00 and more in tax rebates? Or are they trying to be
more creative so that more people understand less?
Is the government just trying to make themselves look good for the next
election? Please remember this article when you go to vote next time.
Automobile insurance could be assigned to the person driving instead of to the
vehicle, or one insurance policy could be assigned to more than one vehicle.
This could allow one person to drive two or more different vehicles without
having to transfer insurance. ICBC sells "garage policies". A garage policy
contains "D" dealers plates, "TR" transporter plates, and or "R" plates meaning
repair. "TR" plates, "D" plates and "R" plates can transfer from a little car to
a big truck and vice versa without having to run to the insurance office. The
automobile dealers garage policy insures all the vehicles on the dealers lot, as
well as the "D" plate their customers use to test drive vehicles.
Why can't regular people have this option ... or does ICBC just make it too
If ICBC changed their ways we could cut down on actual carbon instead of our pay
Then there's the new so-called carbon tax introduced by the suddenly green
Gordon Campbell. It's green alright, if you are a corporation getting a major
tax cut paid for by working stiffs at the pumps. Between large
corporations, small business and banks and financial institutions, the
total tax cut tab is a whopping $890 million when fully
implemented, half the $1.8 billion the gas tax will raise.
Price we pay for gas truly is a rip-off
April 09, 2008 - Kelowna Capital News
To the editor:
What do you know about the gas you put in your car?
When you’re filling up, don’t squeeze the nozzle to run fast.
Pumping on low speed minimizes the vapors that are created while you
are pumping. Some of the vapor that goes into your tank is being
sucked up and goes back into the storage tank, so you are getting
less worth, for your money.
Fill up when your tank is half empty. The more gas you have in your
tank, the less air is occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates
faster than you can imagine.
If a tanker truck is pumping into storage tanks where you normally
deal, don’t fill up. The gas being stirred up could have dirt that
normally settles on the bottom of the storage tank, and it could end
up in your tank.
Ford and General Motors cars are designed not to burn methanol. It
can corrode parts in your fuel system. These vehicles were not
designed to burn additives with metallic compounds including
manganese-based compounds (MMT). Using gas with MMT or methanol
voids the warranty on these vehicles. (check your owners
manual—other makes of vehicles may include the same warning).
In California an imperial gallon would cost $3.67. In Canada that
same gallon of gas cost you $5.47. So we are paying $1.80 more per
gallon than they are, and most of this gas came from northern B.C.
in the first place.
We pay by the litre, so which is cheaper—$1.20 per litre or $5.47
per gallon? In reality it works out to the same price.
Is this not just another gimmick in an attempt to fool the public
into thinking this is such a great deal? Is it not reasonable to
believe Canadian consumers are being taken in by our own lousy
The cost of all petroleum products sold in Canada should be
regulated by the federal government. The Mexican government sets the
price of gas, and the price is the same everywhere in Mexico.
Some places in Canada, the service stations are run like a cartel.
The price changes are set at the same price at every location. When
the price per barrel goes up, the price at the pump goes up
immediately, but when the price goes down, it takes forever before
there is a price change.
What ever happened to the independent bargaining process?
Contact your local, provincial and federal politicians and remind
them we have a serious problem that requires their immediate
Vernon Morning Star Letters - April 4, 2008
On the B.C. budget Web site it states:
An estimated $1.8 billion
in personal and business tax reductions over three years to return
revenue generated by the carbon tax;
If we are getting the carbon tax back in income tax exemptions, why
charge us for it in the first place.... just to make more paperwork?
$45.00 bucks is cheap now!
Burning off forests just adds carbon to the air
Kelowna Capital News Letters - April 04, 2008
To the editor:
I am amazed at the large amount of interest in climate change that
has developed recently. Even if global warming is not a reality, if
the sudden interest will reduce some of our pollution it will have
been well worth it.
Along this theme I would like to suggest that the B.C. government
take a close look at how we manage our natural resources and more
specifically of our forests with-in and with-out our parklands and
our working forests.
counter productive to reducing greenhouse gases to advocate that we
need to re-introduce fire back into the ecosystem as many
preservationists suggest we do.
Can society afford to deliberately allow our forests to burn and
pump billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while
at the same time, spend billions of dollars to try to reduce carbon
dioxide from other sources?
Would it not make more sense to work to prevent many of our fires
and to develop a plan that stores the carbon and releases oxygen at
the same time.
This is not new technology, it has been around for thousands of
It is an
established fact that young forests store enormous volumes of
carbon, and release oxygen back into the atmosphere, but an over
mature forest gives off more carbon due to decay, than it stores.
The best filter for the environment is a healthy young forest.
Overpass for Hwy 97
Kelowna Capital News Letters - April 02, 2008
To the editor:
I wonder what the city of Kelowna’s carbon foot print is, caused by
traffic crawling on Bernard and Highway 97.
There are way too many traffic lights and intersections on Harvey
through the beautiful city of Kelowna. Just think of all the traffic
stopping, then idling, waiting for a light to change, just to do it
all over again at the next intersection.
Then there’s all the wear on brake pads it takes to stop the
traffic, that can’t be good of the environment either.
All that stopping and starting just to let a few more join in or to
cross the highway.
North and south of Harvey should be accessed only by on or off ramps
with overpasses at Water, Gordon, Spall, Dilworth, Highway 33,
Leathead, McCurdy, Sexsmith and Airport Way.
Please take out the traffic intersections and lights at Ellis,
Abbott, Burtch, Ritcher and Edwards.
Many times I’ve seen traffic of 40 to 50 vehicles stop just to let
one or two cross.
This would help keep traffic flowing.
Statistics Canada -
Dependence on cars in urban neighbourhoods
by Martin Turcotte Release date: January 22, 2008
Gov’t will reap the profits
From Kelowna Capital News February 24, 2008
To the editor:
On the one hand our government is bribing us—with our own money of
course—by offering each British Columbian a one time only $100 payment
to suck it up and shut up about the increase in gas prices. On the other
hand, they claim that the new tax will be “revenue neutral.”
Sounds great up front but there is a problem.
The new tax means higher gas prices which will eventually translate into
higher prices for the consumer throughout almost every facet of our
economy. Higher prices means the government will collect more
revenue through other taxes on those higher prices. And guess who has to
pay those higher prices? The same bloke who got the original paltry $100
bribe. So the government ends up not being out any money, in fact, they
will increase their revenues as a result of the fallout from the new
carbon tax and the consumer gets the shaft as usual from an increased
I haven’t heard it said how the increased gas tax revenues are going to
directly provide a benefit to our environment, especially when most
British Columbians will use the extra cash to go down to their local gas
station and “fill ‘er up” or head down to the local “jar” store to pick
up a couple of 2-4s for the weekend party. This is hardly an incentive
for citizens to become more responsible particularly in light of the
fact that the vast majority of British Columbians need their vehicles
for business or for family necessities regardless of what the price of
gas is. If need be, they will cut expenses elsewhere in their business
or family budgets to ensure that they have enough gas in the tank.
The reality is that gas prices will continue to
move skyward, the big oil companies will continue to make record
profits, and the government will continue to get their big piece of the
pie unless some real action as taken.
Government needs to show vision and leadership.
Northern BCers get screwed by application of carbon tax
February 29, 2008 Kelowna Capital News
British Columbia has a new sin tax. Fuel has joined the ranks of
cigarettes and alcohol as commodities that we should be ashamed of using
and, because of that, government will tax us for it.
The problem with sin taxes is that they really don’t work.
We have fewer smokers around today because there has been a concerted
effort to make is socially unacceptable.
Actions such as banning smoking in public places and public education
campaigns have had more of an impact on the number of smokers in our
midst than the ever-increasing taxes on a pack of smokes.
Problem drinking and alcoholism still seems to be a problem, even while
we’ve had rather high and punitive taxes on alcohol for some time.
So, will a punitive tax on fuel consumption actually reduce the amount
of fuel we consume? Not likely.
Particularly since this tax is supposed to be “revenue neutral.”
The plan is that whatever is raised through the carbon tax will be
refunded to British Columbians through income tax cuts.
That simply doesn’t make sense.
The whole idea behind a punitive tax is for it to be punitive. If it is
truly to be revenue neutral to British Columbians, there is no point
It’s kind of like taking a child’s allowance away but then buying them
everything they ask for anyway.
However, in reality, the carbon tax won’t be revenue neutral for British
Columbians. We are going to be taxed on consumption, but the money
refunded will be based on income.
Victoria is mixing apples and oranges so there is no way the money
coming back will be equitable.
As with all across-the-board tax cuts, the benefits are greater for
those at the higher end of the pay scale.
The lunacy of the carbon tax is that someone making $40,000 per year can
use less fuel than someone making $100,000 per year, but receive less of
For those of us in northern B.C., there is a double-whammy. Government
has very cleverly focused debate on how much more we will be paying at
However, the carbon tax will apply to all fossil fuels, which means
natural gas, heating oil, propane etc.
It’s one thing to apply a sin tax to cigarettes, alcohol and fuel where
the consumer has a choice of whether to pay (albeit the choice with fuel
for your car is considerably more difficult), but the consumer has no
choice when it comes to heating their home.
Yes, we can turn down the thermostat at night, but choosing an
alternative is virtually non-existent. Should we, perhaps, be reverting
to more woodstoves in airsheds that are already compromised?
The rub for the North is that, by virtue of where we live, we will
consume more fuel to heat our homes and our businesses than those in the
It’s the second part of the double-whammy. We will pay more carbon tax
because we live in the North and, since the payback is linked to income,
we will get the short end of the stick.
A northern B.C. resident with an income of $100,000 will get the same
carbon tax refund as a person living in the Lower Mainland making
$100,000 but will pay more carbon tax. The North gets a potato stuck in
the tailpipe again.
The carbon tax will, essentially, result in the movement of cash from
northern B.C. taxpayers to Lower Mainland B.C. taxpayers and from lower
income British Columbians to higher income British Columbians.
It will do nothing to reduce amount of fossil fuel we consume.
Bill Phillips is the editor of the Prince George Free Press, a sister
newspaper of the Capital News.
Inventory of Air Quality Bylaws in British Columbia
This report focuses on bylaws put in place
by regional districts and incorporated municipality bylaws relate to
air quality. The purpose of this review was to take inventory of
what exists for future policy work and to respond to public
inquiries. The bylaws that were focussed on concerned vehicle
idling, open burning, and wood burning appliances.
Vernon Blog Spot on Westside Road being used as
The last time we looked the poll suggested Westside Road as the corridor.
Carbon tax fuels mixed reaction
By Wolf Depner - Penticton Western News - February
Local MLA Rick Thorpe said the carbon tax announced this week will
help British Columbians make greener choices that will ultimately
benefit the economy and environment.
But he also conceded that British Columbians will have to adjust to
the new measures.
“There is no question that (they) will go through transition,” said
Thorpe, as he discussed the budget with regional media.
Central to the provincial budget is a new carbon tax that will
collect $1.8 billion over the next three years on fossil fuels.
“Anybody using fossil fuel, there is going to be carbon tax on it,”
said Thorpe, responding to New Democratic criticisms that the tax
exempts major industries from the carbon tax, at least until a
carbon trading system comes into place.
Cuts in personal and corporate taxes will offset the tax scheduled
to come into effect July 1.
Thorpe said the tax — said to escalate from $10 per tonne of carbon
emissions to $30 in 2012 — will encourage British Columbians to make
more environmentally friendly choices, like using alternative
energy, switching to fuel-efficient vehicles and taking public
This led to questions about whether the carbon tax would be
effective in the Okanagan where many residents depend on vehicles
and lack access to public transit. Thorpe also faced questions about
whether the carbon tax would hurt citizens with low incomes.
Citizens will “on balance” respond to the incentives offered through
the budget, Thorpe said, noting that the province has invested more
resources into public transit. Lower income earners will also
receive a climate action tax credit of $100 per adult and $30 for
each child, he said.
All British Columbians will also a receive a one-time only climate
Not everybody will change their actions, Thorpe conceded. But most
people are worried about the environment and want to make the
He also defended the budget against suggestions that the carbon tax
would hurt manufacturers and key sectors of the economy, such as
forestry hurting from low American demand for B.C. exports and the
high Canadian dollar.
Thorpe pointed to several measures that promise to attract more
business to British Columbia such as the phase out of the existing
capital tax on financial institutions and tax cuts for small and
large businesses. He also repeated his government’s earlier promise
to help the forestry sector.
“Without a strong economy, in every region of B.C., we couldn’t look
after health care, education and everything else,” he said.
Reaction to the budget from the business community — a key
constituency of the B.C. Liberals — has included some applause, but
John Winter, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, said the tax
cuts will help B.C. compete with Alberta. But the carbon tax will
also burden some industries that do not have many options for
reducing fuel use, such as energy.
The provincial government has also heard complaints from the
Seth Klein, who heads the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives, an organization often critical of the
government, generally praised the carbon tax.
“It’s a good start down the climate change path,” said Klein,
qualifying his support by saying that the tax could become
regressive in coming years.
But Klein added that the “green focus” of the budget has come at the
expense of the “social side” such as housing, poverty and education.
“Social services really got the short end of the stick here,” said
Klein, a concern echoed by health care unions and other groups, who
say spending increases announced in the budget do not go far enough
to meet the demands of an aging population.
Local MLA Rick Thorpe reviews the health, climate action and
economic initiatives in the 2008 provincial budget.
Expensive fuel - Video
CHBC News Video - Web posted on Wednesday, 12 March
Okanagan motorists are in for sticker shock after another jump in
Inside the carbon tax revolution
Vernon Morning Star article from Feb 29, 2008 page B13
Also in Kelowna Capital News Feb 27, 2008
click article for larger print or click link above
Another new consumption tax is about to hit: B.C.'s newest toll bridge is
nearing completion. The twinning
Port Mann will be tolled,
and there is even talk of a London-style
"congestion charge" for the privilege of
driving into downtown Vancouver.
Carbon tax dismissed as just a money grab
Kelowna Capital News - March 09, 2008
To the editor:
Recently British Columbia’s provincial government announced a new
carbon tax to try and improve our environment.
Now I’m not opposed to cleaning our act up and living more
eco-friendly, but to herald this move as being the right way is
I think we should see this move for what it really is, just another
useless tax on the consumer.
It is mind-boggling as to why consumers are to foot the bill when
oil companies are raking in record billion-dollar profits. Not to
mention the auto companies, forever dragging their feet on
initiating new technology. They’ve released hybrids or the odd
electric car, but none of those moves even resemble a step forward
in environmental technology.
And why? So they too can reap the rewards of this ridiculous cycle
Do these politicians read the newspapers and see the profit margins
these oil companies make?
Make these industries foot the bill and make it so it is not
returnable to the consumer. Period. End of discussion. And give us a
The Carbon Tax Experience: A cautionary tale
From the Abbotsford News - March 13, 2008
Editor, The News:
The Danish experience with carbon taxes is instructive for British
Columbians soon to be walloped by carbon taxes of our own.
The B.C. government is expecting to extract $1.8 billion in carbon
taxes by 2010, but then - after shuffling through a few bureaucrats
hands -- miraculously reappear in the form of lower personal and
business taxes, coupled with rebates.
“Revenue neutral” claims aside, the Danish experience suggests much
higher fuel costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions coming in the
wake of manufacturing job losses.
Denmark first imposed carbon taxes on non-business energy
consumption in 1991. Those taxes were marketed as “revenue-neutral.”
Between 1994 and 1998, carbon taxes added 30 per cent to government
revenues and were initially used to cut corporate income taxes and
pay for wind turbine subsidies.
In 1996, Denmark went on to hit industrial producers with a $15 per
tonne carbon tax, initially neutralized by cuts in payroll taxes.
What happened? By 1998, manufacturers started shutting their doors
due to high energy prices, and overall Danish carbon tax revenues
started to fall along with manufacturing jobs. At the same time, the
cost of government programs rose significantly. The government’s
solution incredibly was to - wait for it - subsidize electricity to
select manufacturers and raise income taxes by lowering the income
threshold on the country’s top marginal rate.
By 2001, with economic growth hovering at one-
seventh-of-one-percent, Danes making over CAD $50,000 paid 59 per
cent of their income in taxes, and had to cope with record
electricity prices. The entire debacle led to a change of government
that year, with the incoming government promising a tax freeze,
followed by a tax reduction - including those taxes on energy.
Did all this hardship reduce Denmark’s per capita greenhouse gas
greenhouse gas emissions fell by a whopping 10 per cent between 1990
and 2005. But the country’s manufacturing employment dropped by 25
The carbon tax did a great job of hurting the economy and making
people poorer. It didn’t do as great a job reducing GHG emissions.
Think about this. Gordon Campbell’s goal is to reduce the province’s
greenhouse gas emissions by 40-million tonnes by 2020. Most of
British Columbia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from
transportation. So putting a tax on fossil fuels like gasoline and
diesel makes sense.
Yet, the current carbon tax policy is expected to reduce GHG’s by
only 3-million tonnes - or 7 per cent of the total -- by 2020.
Where’s the other 93 per cent coming from? Moreover, if the price of
reducing 3-million tonnes is $1.8-billion, what will the additional
cost to families be to reduce 37-million tonnes more?
Nothing -- according to the government -- because it’s all “revenue
Let’s examine that. The most recent budget reduced the bottom two
income tax rates such that a two-income family of four earning
$90,000 can expect to save $85 in 2008. Yet that same family can
expect to pay an additional $100 in gasoline tax and another $35 for
home heating. Then there’s an increase in the cost of goods and
services transported by almost any mode coupled with BC Hydro rate
increases and a host of lost economic opportunities.
Oh sure, it may be “revenue neutral” for some - but certainly not
a two-income family on the go with active kids, get ready to pay
more, lots more!
The lessons of Denmark (and fuel poverty strategies in the United
Kingdom written about previously by this author) are a harbinger of
what’s to come.
Gordon Campbell - cheered on by radical environmentalists and
business groups alike -- has no mandate to impose such a policy.
Alarmist propaganda notwithstanding the earth is not melting, but
our standards of living soon will -- at least in Copenhagen they’re
learning from their mistakes. Maybe we could too.
Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation
Get Involved, Demand a Bypass Now!
Price of gas rose in Vernon on March 28, 2008 to $126.9 cents a litre.
In January 2008, 68.2% of
Canada's total production of crude oil and equivalent hydrocarbons went to the export market.
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