Wednesday, June 25, 2008
THE Green Shift "Envi-nomic" Plan
"Envi-nomics": WesternGrit's dictionary defines this as the landmark federal Liberal plan to blend environmental accountability and responsibility with economic stewardship of the Country...
While it is great to hear the positive reviews of the landmark "The Green Shift" Liberal environmental/economic strategy, we do have to be ready for the attacks the Cons will be attempting over the next few months. The one argument Conservatives will be throwing at Canadians is the exact costs to them - based on the Plan's proscribed formulas.
There is ONE HUGE ITEM critics fail to mention when attacking the plan: What is the effect - beyond immediate financial - on consumers? Sure, you can argue that there MAY be small price hikes at the pumps, home heating, etc.... but what about the numerous benefits?
There are 2 very key points that don't get covered by the plan - but I see daily here in BC:
1) Numerous value-added industries will spring up in Canada, toting high-paying jobs, and massive export potential - based on the "green industry". A government focused on being "green" will add more credibility, and more "sell-ability" to a burgeoning "green sector" in Canada.
2) The unwritten GUARANTEE THAT CANADIANS WILL SAVE AT THE PUMPS. How, you ask? It's already happening here in BC, and in many big urban centers - but will spread across Canada... Canadians WILL buy more fuel efficient cars in their next new car purchase. I see it daily here in the Lower Mainland: SUVs, Humvees, and V8 cars are just not selling. The family that spent close to $1000/month with their 3/4 ton pickup are making do with a small or mid-sized pickup and halfing fuel bills. I could have purchased/leased a full-sized pickup for my business, but settled for a smaller Toyota model - which can get over 30 mpg on the highway (not bad for a pickup). By doing this alone I calculate that I'm saving $300 to $500 PER MONTH. We'll also all opt for more energy-saving appliances, and home-heating.
- THIS is the intended spin-off of such policy. BC has a carbon tax kicking in next month. Sure, I'll save around $400/year with the "green shift plan", but I plan to save EVEN more by buying more "efficiently". My next car will get the government credit AND get 40 mpg or more.
"The Green Shift" will actually help Canadians save hundreds of dollars a month - because we literally will want to. I see many contractors driving smaller Dakotas, Colorados, Tacomas, and Frontiers, rather than their gas-sucking cousins. A home builder friend of mine actually drives a Smart Car. He says that most of the time he needs a few tools, and has to run from site to site with paperwork. He parks his dually Dodge diesel for when he needs to tow his "garbage trailer". He did it because of the rising fuel prices in BC, and the pending carbon tax.
A serious debate IS needed on the plan - because Canadians need to see the change in thinking that is required by many of us to make this world a better place in which to live... A serious debate IS needed so we can discuss "spin-offs" like the ones mentioned above. A serious debate IS needed because Canadians deserve honest and open government.