Canadian News Apr 20, 2020 8:39 PM EST

Trudeau's carbon tax did not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to new data

The Department laid the blame on home heating for the spike in fuel use, despite the national tax.

Trudeau's carbon tax did not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to new data
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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New data from the Department of Environment has found that the carbon tax, the Trudeau government-led policy designed to reduce emissions and put a price on pollution had no effect on lowering greenhouse gases, Blacklock's Reporter has found.

The Department laid the blame on home heating for the spike in fuel use, despite the national tax.

“This increase is attributed to higher fuel consumption for transportation, winter heating and oil and gas extraction,” staff wrote in a National Inventory Report 1990-2018. Staff cited “colder winter weather.”

Throughout the first year of the carbon tax in 2018, emissions grew by fifteen percent.

The tax was passed in parliament in the form of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

MPs from across the aisle roasted the Liberals for their lack of specifics when it came to the tax, with then-Conservative MP Robert Sopuck asking for specific numbers."

“Canadians are being asked to pony up money for a carbon tax and this government has absolutely no idea what the effect will be,” said Sopuck. “What is the number?”

Green programs have taken plenty out of the public wallet, and despite two province's coal burning power plants closing shop in Manitoba and Ontario, emissions still grew.

“Between 2014 and 2019 the Government of Canada invested $60 billion to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, generate clean technologies, help Canadians and communities adapt to a changing climate, and protect the environment,” the report reads.

Emissions also rose due to an increase in road vehicles, the National Inventory found. This aligned with studies that found Canadians would not be able to shorten their commutes in the face of a carbon tax.

“A few did recognize the cost implications of global warming and did think that taxing greenhouse gas emissions could be a way to spur behavioural change and the development of cleaner technology, but these participants were outnumbered by those who expressed cynicism about how the money from a greenhouse gas emissions tax would be spent by the government collecting it,” Department of Natural Resources researchers said.

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