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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"It's the economy, stupid"

A well titled post from "Trusty Tory", reminding every sensible person who will listen (die-hard Kyoto fanatics need not apply) that an attempt to implement Kyoto in accordance with the original timelines will ONLY serve scuttle our economy... and put tens of thousands of Canadians out of work. (are you listening Buzz?)

I'm not saying we shouldn't be reducing our emissions... but let's do so in a reasonable timeframe folks!

Mr. Baird said it well... “If you believe the science, we can’t do it alone in Canada. We need all the big economies, all the big emitters, all the big polluters — China, industry, the United States — all on board. We don’t want to see companies shut down operations in Canada because of our tough regulations and move to China where there’s no requirements.

Killing our economy by reducing our 0.2% share of global emissions doesn't make much sense when the big boys like China are only increasing their output. Buzz & Co. keep saying we need to stem the flow of jobs to places like China... Kyoto is a sure-fire way to INCREASE the flow, not stem it.

Besides... with the growing number of coal-fired plants that are coming online every month in China, any reductions we make are immediately increased ten-fold by China.

To be clear, I'm NOT saying we shouldn't bother... as a Christian who answers to the Most Holy and Almighty God who created this world, I firmly believe we need to be careful stewards of this planet we've been given. Therefore, we need to be reducing ALL FORMS of pollution, and start making the moves to better sources of energy. And the technological improvements are starting to be realized... my friend and his dad own an alternative energy company, and newer things are coming online all the time which make alternative sources a reasonable option. However, the best way to decrease our carbon output is still reduction of energy use, and all of us still have a long way to go on that front.

And there's still the problem of emissions trading schemes... on-paper reductions of emissions are not reductions in emissions folks. It's just an excuse for a new "green economy", that does nothing but exchange "green" between various parties, while making millions for a new breed of capitalist... the eco-credit trader. (think of your typical high-powered, high-priced stock broker, but trading only paper-based "carbon reductions"... I'm surprised the left hasn't clued into this one yet...)

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  • At Tue Nov 27, 12:00:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Jeff said…

    for your argument to work, we must accept that our economy is in danger from kyoto.

    plenty of economists REJECT the conservative claim outright.

    further, we have ONE biosphere that supports all life. ecocomies are much less rigid things. they can be re-made to suit the conditions that prevail.

    westerners are responsible DIRECTLY for china's GHG emissions. they sell the products they make to us. free trade and global warming go hand in hand.the west can't opt out until every nation has their oars in the water (to use a very tired baird cliche. we set the scene for disaster, it's our moral duty is fix it.

  • At Tue Nov 27, 12:25:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Justin Socie said…

    You accept the science behind global warming?

  • At Tue Nov 27, 12:28:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "westerners are responsible DIRECTLY for china's GHG emissions. they sell the products they make to us. free trade and global warming go hand in hand"

    I may argue with your other points, but I can't argue with this one... I'm all for rethinking our current trade relations with China, and in curbing this "materialistic" attitude of our Western society that are directly contributing to further GHG emissions in China.

    I agree that we need a fundamental (or perhaps Fundamentalist? ;-)) shift in our Western thought to deal with the issue at hand.

  • At Tue Nov 27, 12:30:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Not per-sae justin... I don't think that our man-made contributions are having as dramatic effect as the pundits are telling us... but I do agree that we could reduce our overall emissions, of "greenhouse gases", amongst other things. We should be good stewards of this planet, and we could be doing a much better job than we are at present.

  • At Tue Nov 27, 12:34:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    First mistake - reading and agreeing with "Trusty Tory" - not the brightest penny in the jar.

    Second mistake - believing John Baird - Mr. Rhetoric of the Year.

  • At Fri Nov 30, 11:23:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ah, yes, "not the brightest penny in the jar" from a person who would crawl over broken glass to defend the Liberal position. We should all take lessons from you.


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