Climate change and taxes

Letters

This subject is controversial. One group composed of academics, politicians and the United Nations state that our run away carbon dioxide, etc., will heat our planet to toasty levels.

Another opposite group of eminent scientists and other skeptics state the first group’s science is flawed and there is not much to be concerned about.

The first group contends that the skeptics are dangerous apostates who are content to fiddle, like Nero, while the Earth burns.

The skeptics report that the first group is dependent on government grants for their salaries and that belief in Earth warming is part of their job descriptions and that the goal is to assist politicians and the UN to gouge more taxes by scaring us silly.

So be it. We can conclude by the sharp disagreement that there is no full comprehension, nor is there an attempted meeting of the minds.

In the meantime (any comprehension aside), our enlightened Liberals have introduced a carbon tax. In addition our Capital Regional District (that great centre for ideas) has stipulated that new Official Community Plans must reduce greenhouse gasses by three per cent. This should provide welcome relief to those who receive delivery of our greenhouse gasses by westerly winds, sometimes in excess of 60km per hour.

Personally, if the first group is right and we harvest crops of delicious oranges, avocados, etc., I will pay the tax with pleasure.

On the other hand, if the Earth remains cool or cooler, we can look forward to more (yuk) snappy cabbage, ripping turnips and spicy parsnips.

One thing is certain either way, we can look forward to paying taxes.

Perhaps, one day, we may also agree on climate change.

G. B. Miller

Shirley