On October 19 in Guelph about 150 people gathered to hear Stéphane Dion and Andrew Nikiforuk present their views on Climate Change. The Guelph Mercury captured highlights of the event in this video on their web site.
M. Dion’s presentation proposed a world wide carbon tax as a mechanisms that might break the logjam that is currently preventing progress in international climate change negotiations. The result of such a tax would be that the price of products that use more fossil fuels in their creation and distribution would increase relative to the price of products that use less. Of course this would lead to all producers and consumers actively seeking alternatives that use less fossil fuels. While he proposed that each country would be free to do whatever they liked with the revenue generated, it is his vision that wealthier countries would use it at least partially to help disadvantaged countries. Read the text of a similar talk that he gave at the Pacific Coast Collaborative leaders’ forum in San Francisco on October 28.