Saturday, June 17, 2006

Kennedy’s Balanced Environmental Approach

So I hope everyone has had a chance to take a look at Kennedy’s environmental policy that was released yesterday. You have to admit it is a practical approach to a complex and difficult issue. I will admit right off the bat that I am not an environmental expert, nor to me has it ever been a major issue when I make a decision. That all being said it has got me going, it a real effective balance between achieving sustainable development and yet doing it within the economic framework which allows for economic growth. Ignatieff carbon tax policy is a good policy if the only goal is greenhouse reduction; problem is it would be an economic disaster and one which would again split the country.

Economic incentives for companies to produce green technology and invest in research in development are a must. While a strong tax incentive for those why purchase hybrid cars while at the sometime providing a disincentive to purchase gas guzzling vehicles promotes and pushes consumer auto consumption in the correct direction. Yet at the same time not providing too great of an incentive or too strong of a disincentive to skew the market in an unreasonable or unproductive way.

Also creating and reinstating government programs which promote retro fitting of homes and businesses to be more energy efficient. The practical solutions to the environment are difficult in the modern age. Economic competitiveness holds back many of the best solutions and at the same time because of our federal system, many of the key areas which need to be tackled are outside of Ottawa’s jurisdiction. Gerard provides effective, practical and reachable solutions in areas which we can control. The environment is an important issue, and Kennedy understands real ways to tackle the problems it faces. I look forward to hearing more.


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