LETTERS: Time for 21st century solutions to climate change


Re: Conservatives’ plan questioned, March 11 letters

I enjoyed the letter from Arlene McGinn challenging our member to address the Conservative strategy to fight climate change. Although, to my simple mind, I think the challenge is somewhat misunderstood.

I am fairly certain that a carbon tax has a great opportunity to be unsuccessful in effecting change.

For starters, many financial authors believe that individual Canadian debt is quite high. I think there are indicators we may be getting close to a recession and many taxpayers may have trouble raising a couple thousand extra.

Second, I haven’t seen any convincing scientific method on its effectiveness.

However, I can think of two areas where we could lessen the fossil fuel output in Canada.

1) Stop the practice of having national party leaders flying jets all over Canada during the campaign. I think they flew almost every single day.

We have current broadcasting technology whereby they could communicate with every single voter at a minute fraction of the carbon emission.

In 1970, I was in India and it would have cost US$14 for a three-minute phone call home. In 2015 I communicated on facetime to my grand daughter in real time for no broadcast cost.

2) Stop the practice of having parents drive to and from schools to drop off and pick up their children.

Again, no cost. My mother drove me to school once in 14 years when I had a sprained ankle. I thought I had found a great excuse to stay home.

In other words, lets get creative and move into the 21st century with real solutions.

Kerry-Lynne Findlay, you are welcome.

Bob Holden, South Surrey

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