greenhouse gas emissions
Adopting a national zero-emission standard and investing in clean car manufacturing could save Canada's car industry and help counter the climate crisis.
Climate change is not a left-or-right issue any more than an earthquake is; it's science-based reality affecting everyone.
It is a smart choice because solar is super-abundant, clean and can generate jobs.
If GDP goes down while other measures of well-being increase, what have we truly lost?
As fossil fuel reserves become depleted, thanks to our voracious and wasteful habits, extraction becomes more extreme and difficult. Oilsands mining, deepsea drilling and fracking are employed because easily accessible supplies are becoming increasingly scarce. The costs and consequences are even higher than with conventional sources and methods.
It's estimated that about 18 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada come from the cars we drive and how we drive them. With almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions coming from our cars, there's a lot we can do to drive change and minimize our impact on the environment as motorists.
Ontario businesses have cast a real vote of confidence in cap and trade by buying 100 per cent of the permits offered at the March 22 auction. There was strong interest in the futures market too. All told, the auction raised $470 million that the province must now reinvest back into climate action and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Despite their efficiency and cost, fossil fuels aren't better energy sources than solar, wind and tide, even though renewables require separate storage for large-scale deployment. Fossil fuels pollute the environment, cause illness and death, accelerate global warming and damage or destroy ecosystems. They'll also eventually run out.
Owning a car run by electrical power once seemed like an invention from the Jetsons’ future. But the truth is that the first electric car came onto the scene in the 1830s.
As well as being a faulty assertion, pointing out the many uses for fossil fuels in an attempt to reject the need to reduce reliance on them is actually an argument in favour of burning less coal, gas and oil. Fossil fuels are useful for many purposes, so why extract, transport and burn them so rapidly and wastefully?