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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Re: Carbon tax — nauseating/nauseating indeed!

I would like to thank Marvin Barns for his no-holds-barred letter/critique of my Op-Ed, both published recently in The Telegram.

The thrust of my piece was the effects of the Trudeau/Ball Carbon tax, “when fully implemented,” on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and our economy, I wanted to generate controversy and bring attention to this very complex subject, given the fact that we already have the highest per-capita taxes and resulting cost of living in Canada before the impending impact of Muskrat Falls.  

Barnes flipped the subject, trivialized the tax, calling it “inconvenient, for me,” and focused on the legitimacy of my numbers, and my “expertise” to comment. In addition, he asks: “would I rather suffer the ravages of climate change.

With all due respect Mr. Barnes, the government is not passing the plate in church.

My numbers are from the federal and provincial, horse’s mouth.

“Tax inconvenient for me” — hardly. I am retired and not shoveling snow. My concern is for my province and the younger generation, in my family; for seniors and the poor who are victims of the new tax. They need up-front cash flow, not after-the-fact rebates.

Who am I to comment? I am just an a-hole who has rubbed noses with a Buffalo for the past 50 years and who has picked up a few fleas, through a life time of learning. (25 years in management in the computer industry; connecting dots; 25-years’ self-employment.)

I feel fully qualified to comment on how business operates, and the negative effects of excessive taxes.

In the, late 60’s, early 70’s a group of individuals in St John’s, formed the Data Processing Management Association, Newfoundland chapter. DPMA was an American-based association of data processing professionals dedicated to the advancement of the industry.

We hosted a national convention and brought in a keynote speaker by the name of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper. She was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Department of the Navy at the Pentagon. Her key-note address focused on one of her missions at the Pentagon, which was to computerize the world’s thermal system with a view to forecasting weather months in advance, for forward military planning. She described the major roadblocks, the biggest one being lack of a super-computer with the processing capacity to preform millions of operations in real time.

In the early 2000’s, President George Bush (43) announced billions for what sounded like the same project. As I understand it Congress failed to fund it.

So, as it was back in the day, everybody including NOAA (US-National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) is still doing short-term, qualified weather tracking and forecasting — improved but not revolutionary. This whole subject is beyond complex. The world, and the planets are dynamic; every aspect including its solar system is in motion.  

Many people are in a frenzy over climate change; some are at the chicken-little stage.

Politicians are all over the bandwagon.

Scientists love the new money for largely rudimentary research.

Guesstimating is considered an exact science. Scientists with their feet on the ground dare not say anything.

There is no balance, between natural causes and human influence in the discussion. Rising sea levels, not just melting ice; what about massive world-wide erosion and ocean displacement from lava flow?

There is an op-ed worth reading on the CBC website, by Tracy Johnson. It is entitled: “What it takes for a carbon tax to work.” It is an analysis of 25 years of carbon tax history, around the world.

The validity of a “behavioural tax” is not established. In Sweden, where there has been a tax since 1991, and gas is $2 a litre, the major reduction in Co2 has been achieved in home heating, minor in driving habits.

The article states that since Finland introduced the first carbon tax in 1990, the amount of human produced Co2 taxed world-wide has risen to 13 per cent, so without the U.S.A., China, India, Indonesia, Africa, etc., on board, there will be no improvement in human influenced climate change.

Let’s live smart and clean anyway.

Jim Radford

Salmonier Line

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