Re: Letter, “Budget treats environment, climate change as an afterthought”:
Please don’t let my comments steer you into thinking I am anti-environment but whenever I read something like this from the sierra club the tone of the authors and the misinformation provided always irritates me to the point that it completely takes away from the intent of the article. And the recent stories about carbon tax haven’t read much better either.
While I have no idea whether the job statistics quoted above are correct, the fact is that they have nothing to do with one another. The BC gov’t isn’t spending the million dollars, Kinder Morgan is and Kinder Morgan isn’t in the business of creating alternative energy jobs. If the author chose to make an argument about using the tax revenue from this project to create alternative energy funding, he might have been on to something.
As another contributer correctly stated the other day, unfortunately the only way to move our society towards improved environmental consciousness is by hitting us in the pocket books. Penalizing fossil fuel usage to the point that alternatives make good financial sense to businesses and the average consumer will be what it takes. We need to think further out of the box and tackle this from a consumer perspective not an idealized one.
While current incentives like 1 time rebates on the purchase of electric vehicles, or allowing them in the HOV lane are steps in the right direction. The reality is for many Canadians the technology hasn’t reached a point that it makes sense to have an electric vehicle as their only form of transport or a heat pump as the only heat source in their house.
If we can create incentives for complimentary uses (insurance rebates for having a a second car that’s electric, reduced rates for energy efficient homes based on total consumption (gas and electric)…the dreaded stepped pricing, I know) we ease the change management process for the average consumer while at the same time making the technology work for us.
And while companies like Tesla are helping to evolve the technology, creating expensive electric cars to replace small cheap fuel efficient ones is not the best way to make an impact, Using something like the x platform to create a fleet of electric trucks for the postal service, that will trickle down to other delivery companies, then local tradesman, would be a much larger step towards solving the problem, then creating sports cars for the few. Has anybody even heard of what happened to Vancouver’s ill fated attempt of this from 5 years ago?
Then again if we all went out and bought electric cars tomorrow what site (c?) would be generating the power for them, but that’s a topic for another day.