Every time I see an article on the TV about how the CO2 level is rising and we all have to do our part in lowering it, it makes my blood boil. Living in Kamloops where the CP and CN both have mainline trackage, all anybody has to do is look at the number and size of the coal trains running through our city.
Let’s do the math. Each train consists of between 140 and 155 cars with the capacity of 140 tons of coal in each car. Each company USED to have three trains per day since I was an electrical apprentice on the CN back in 1970. Now with the CN running an additional 10 trains per day across Lorne street to the CP system, that is now up to 16 coal trains per day shipping dirty coal to other countries to burn.
Don’t tell me that reducing coal down to coke for steel making produces less CO2 than thermal plants. Coal still releases 2.4 tons of CO2 for every ton burnt or converted. Just do the math and be astounded as I was. It’s in the range of billions of tons of coal. Even more for CO2 released.
As an aside, at last count, Canada still has between 13 and 15 coal powered thermal power stations running in the country, mostly back east. How much do they pay in carbon taxes?
The next time you look at your Fortis natural gas, check that little mark next to the imposed carbon tax. That mark indicates that the carbon tax is subject to the GST! So we are paying GST on the carbon tax. A tax on a tax. The carbon tax is neither a good nor a service. So why the GST? Just another federal money grab.