Monday, June 23, 2008

Ed Doesn't Like Green Shift - Who Cares

On June 18, 2008, the European Environment Agency (EEA) reported that:

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union decreased slightly between 2005 and 2006 according to the official inventory report prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Overall emissions within the EU-27 fell by 14 million tonnes (0.3%) and now stand 7.7% below 1990 levels. Total emissions in the European Union were slightly more than 5.1 billion tonnes in 2006.
Nations in Europe are working under cap-and-trade as well as carbon tax regimes.

Of the nations in Europe with a similar or larger amount of emissions over the same-ish period as Canada (596 megatonnes in 1990, 747 megatonnes in 2005), only Italy reported a 9.9% increase in emissions. Of note:

  • Europe's largest emitter, Germany, has reduced emissions by 18.2%.
  • Canada now out-emits the United Kingdom. In fact, we out-emit every individual country in Europe except Germany.

All said, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has come out publicly against the Liberal green shift plan.

I say who cares.

More importantly, the facts say who cares. It's clear he doesn't know what he's talking about.

Update: Fixed a typo. Added a label.


Steve V said...

I look at Eddie giving a thumbs down as proof it's a good plan, considering he really wants to do nothing.

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Germany has also added 200,000 green collar jobs to its economy by pursuing aggressive alternative energy development. Green jobs now outnumber auto industry jobs in Germany. Gee... maybe there's some underused manufacturing capacity here in Ontario. WE should be asking a few questions like, Why are we buying our wind generators from Denmark? and, Why are we subsidizing the oil and gas industry by $1.4 billion per year... year in, year out?

A two-pronged attack on GHG's works, as your post says. It works in places like Norway and Sweden, too -- northern states with relatively large land areas and small populations.

Stelmach's all wet. The proposed carbon tax would add a pittance to the cost of fuel compared to the 100% increase in the past year. All that increase went to the fatcat oil companies but he doesn't seem to mind. It's only if money is going to the public purse that he gets agitated.



Jim (Progressive Right) said...

I'm also fascinated by is the number of people that claim we should strive to be near the bottom.

We can't cut emissions because [insert name of Country X] is a worse polluter.