Letter to the Editor: Too much hypocrisy about greening the environment – Low Calorie Diets Tips

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While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spent more than 127,147 hours in the air, according to a recent report, we are now paying higher gas prices at the pump on land.

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After grappling with the pandemic for two years, losing revenue to lockdowns and dealing with inflation, the federal government added a carbon tax. I think if Trudeau really cared about Canadians they would have postponed the carbon tax. It’s bad timing.

Many people depend on vehicles for their livelihood and have to pay regardless of the price. Gas is needed to heat homes and run air conditioners. Diesel is used for farm equipment to produce our food. During the development of EV infrastructure, there is no affordable alternative.

Only the rich can afford overpriced electric vehicles and pay for gas for their watercraft and RVs.

A discount at the end of the year will not solve today’s need for affordability when choosing between transportation or food.

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It seems that the Trudeau government only cares about getting a good mark on the Paris International Climate Agreement report card and trying to hit unrealistic targets.

Government plans aside, our modern society depends on products made from fossil fuels unless those products are banned. To name a few, cell phone/iPad plastics, polyester clothing, appliance parts, garbage bags, epoxy, balloons, heart valves, paint, soap, nitrogen fertilizer, detergent, makeup, perfume, etc.

They all contain petroleum components.

Are these products made from oil imported from rogue states? Are all these products imported? Why shouldn’t Canadians benefit from the responsible extraction of our natural resources and preserve jobs in Canada?

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Adding to the confusion, Canada is entangled with Chinese firms through the actions of the independent CPPIB (Canada Pension Investment Board), which operates “at a distance from the government”. While coal plants are shutting down in Canada, we are investing in coal abroad.

In 2020, CPPIB announced a US$141 million investment in three Chinese coal companies – Jiangsu Guoxin Xorp Ltd, China Coal Energy Co. Ltd. and China Shenhua Energy Co.Ltd.

Climate change is real, but the hypocrisy and contradictions of achieving environmental greening are overwhelming.

Dana Giedriunas, Tecumseh

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