Before our Government adjourned for the Easter break, you may have noticed Environment Minister Jim Prentice introducing new vehicle emission standards that will be applied to new cars in both the United States and Canada. Why is it important to set vehicle standards in concert with our largest trading partner? If we did not set these regulations for Canadian made cars, those automobiles would have been put at a disadvantage for sale in the United States. Our car markets are so integrated, that if we did not do the same thing at the same time, we would be severely damaging our domestic automobile manufacturing.
It doesn't matter if you believe in Global Warming or not, we had to cooperate with the United States on this trade matter. You may remember a few weeks ago there was a dust up between Prentice and Charest when the Premier of Quebec decided to "go it alone" setting very strict emission standards which only a tiny fraction of the car market satisfy. That means that thousand dollar fines will be applied to the majority of cars sold in Quebec, which I am assuming will be lining the coffers of Charest's treasury. Are car manufacturers going to make special cars just for Quebec? If they do, I guarantee that they will be absurdly expensive. If you believe in Global Warming, you should be happy that we are setting new standards, if you don't believe, you should be happy that we are continuing the integration of North American auto production.
That's what is best for everyone involved. Hopefully these standards will reduce smog, which does far more damage to our health and environment than carbon dioxide.
WOULD YOU BE OKAY PAYING A $5000 FINE TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR BUYING A NEW CAR IN THE NAME OF SAVING THE PLANET?
It is bad policy (98%)
It is noble (2%)
DO YOU BELIEVE DRIVING YOUR CAR WILL EVENTUALLY CAUSE AN ICE AGE?