Make BCs top polluters pay the carbon tax

Make BC’s top polluters pay the carbon tax r1 ...

Fracking and logging emissions left out

Hi Paov,

Tomorrow, BC’s carbon tax rises another $5 per tonne: about one cent on a litre of gasoline. It’s one of the province’s most successful tools to fight climate change, but it needs to apply across the board.

Write Now Fracking and logging companies don’t pay the carbon tax on much of their pollution.

That’s because the tax doesn’t apply to methane releases from gas infrastructure and slash burning of leftover wood from logging. Together, those make up about 10 per cent of the province’s emissions or the equivalent of 1.25 million cars.

Premier Horgan ordered his environment minister to apply the carbon tax to these emissions — but it never happened.

Now, the province is behind on meeting its 2030 climate target and is looking for ways to close the gap. It could do so by taxing fracking and logging companies just like the rest of us — who pollute much less!

Will you write your MLA today and ask them to make BC’s top polluters pay their fair share? Write my letter! For a government that claims to be working for people, to ask us to pay a little more while it lets multinational corporations pollute for free just doesn’t square. A vast majority of British Columbians support the carbon tax, but we need to know we’re all in this together.

For the climate,
Peter McCartney
Climate Campaigner
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