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The courts have spoken

Re: Carbon tax hasn't helped

Barely 12 hours after David Semple's latest "alternative facts"-laden rant on climate change, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered the following judgment to an ongoing challenge by the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario against the federal government regarding the constitutionality of the federal government's legislation on the carbon tax. I'll leave the best part until the end.

"Parliament has the jurisdiction to enact this law [Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act] as a matter of national concern under the peace, order, and good government ("POGG") clause of s.91 of the Constitution Act, 1867...Both the short and long titles of the GGPPA confirm that its true subject matter is not just to mitigate climate change, but to do so through the pan-Canadian application of pricing mechanisms to a broad set of GHG emission sources...In Parliament's eyes, the relevant mischief is the effects of the failure of some provinces to implement GHG pricing systems of to implement sufficiently stringent pricing systems, and the consequential failure to reduce GHG emissions across Canada...This matter is critical to our response to an existential threat to human life in Canada and around the world." [Emphasis added]

There you have it. Climate change is a matter of national concern. Climate change is an existential threat.

That has been affirmed today by the Supreme Court of Canada. Your pithy and juvenile comments about Al Gore serve only to illustrate the vacuous nature of climate change denial and its argument. It highlights how absurd the radical right's position is that it even attempts to question the legitimacy of the most-scrutinized and highly-researched field in the past forty years. Once more for Mr. Semple and his ilk sitting at the back of the room: climate change is real.

Richard McAdam, Kelowna



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