The Pacific Carbon Trust has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and hasn’t done anything for the environment. It ranks as one of the biggest Ponzi schemes foisted on taxpayers by former Premier Campbell.
The Pacific Carbon Trust has diverted millions of dollars from school and hospital budgets; money that could have been better spent on improving the quality of education, health care and the hiring of more teachers and health care professionals.
I hope the Mayor and Council will follow Councillor Hern’s example and drop all talk of sending our tax dollars to the Pacific Carbon Trust.
The Mayor, Councillors and all interested citizens are encouraged to read a recent article in the Globe and Mail regarding the Pacific Carbon Trust (February 14 – Public Pays huge markup for carbon offsets). Did you know we are subsidizing companies like Encana, Timber West Forest Products and International Forest Products?
Let’s keep our tax dollars in Golden and put them to use cleaning up our own environment.
In Europe, Carbon Trusts and Carbon Taxes have been a disaster. Do we really want to follow their lead and end up in the same financial quagmire?
Australia’s Carbon Tax collects money from individuals and businesses and then returns 90 per cent of the funds to homeowners and big business.
Why bother? We don’t need another expensive and ineffective layer of government. Better to keep our own hard earned dollars!
We owe it to future generations to leave the world a better place. It’s not a complex issue.
Let’s devise and implement; meaningful, effective and enforceable regulations which industry can follow. Let’s emulate regulations like those that cleaned up the Great Lakes, reduced auto emissions and improved air quality.
Spending money on wasteful and ineffective programs like the Pacific Carbon Trust, which is a voluntary choice for municipalities, is not the way to proceed.