Archived Letter – 1510

Gwyn Morgan (“Trudeau’s Wrong-Headed Approach to Climate Change,” The Advertiser, Nov. 1) is absolutely right when he declares that “trying to solve a problem with the wrong solution will inevitably lead to failure.” That is precisely why his proposed solution–replacing gasoline with natural gas, another fossil fuel–cannot be the answer to our present climate crisis. Recent dire United Nations’ scientific panel reports indicate that putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions is essential to getting global warming under control. Economists favour carbon pricing because it gives companies financial incentives to reduce fossil fuel use without the need for government regulations. The UN reports have made it abundantly clear: if we are to have any hope of leaving a livable world to our children and grandchildren, the days of cost-free pollution must end now.

Jim Zimmerman