Response to The Globe and Mail article Global Warming: It’s the economy, stupid, by long time VOW member Rose. A .Dyson
Re: Editorial on Global Warming: It’s the economy, stupid (June 13,2015)
Allow me to amplify your excellent analysis on how Canada should contribute to the decarbonization of the global economy. You point to B.C. as leading the way with a carbon tax while outperforming the rest of the country.
But, to say that the $1.2 billion raised last year through its carbon tax was “arguably misused” with nearly $300-million given to film and TV productions in the province, is an understatement. In 2014, it was reported in The National Post that Greenpeace had released a study indicating that digital technology products and services accounted for about 2% of worldwide emissions in 2012, roughly the same as the airline industry and, on a global scale, the electricity consumed collectively was ahead of all but five of the world’s biggest emitters, China, the U.S.,Japan, India and Russia. While much that is produced by the film and TV industries is laudable, a great deal is not. It fuels other aspects of global problems – violence and sexual content that fuels mysogny, conflict tourism among radicalized youth dashing off to join terrorist groups, youth gangs and other manifestations of cultural pollution in our digitally saturated environment. Greater vigilance on how our tax dollars help to fuel social problems, as opposed to mitigate them, is long overdue and little is to be gained from transferring public funds from one aspect of the unsustainable economy to another.