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Canada’s four climate change platforms out of touch, nuclear power offers way forward

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Comparing the climate change policies of the federal parties is a depressing experience. Let’s start with the Liberals, looking first at their performance to date.

Once elected, they adopted the same goals for reducing carbon emissions as the Harper government.

The principal tool deployed has been the carbon tax. This includes exceptions for farmers and fishermen, greenhouse operators, rural and small communities, Indigenous communities and the many industries that would otherwise migrate to the United States, where fighting climate change is not on the agenda. That would lose the jobs without doing anything for the planet.

As of the end of 2018, the government was on track to fall 79 megatonnes short of its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets, up from a 66-megatonne shortfall in 2017.

The current tax of $20 a tonne is scheduled to rise to $50 by 2022. The parliamentary budget officer has estimated that the tax would have to rise to more than twice that, and be applied to all 10 provinces, if the tax were the only tool.

Nevertheless, the Liberals announced that the carbon tax would be capped at $50. The Liberals, in power for four years, have been unable to........

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