Today President Trump's signed an executive order on American energy independence reversing many Obama era environmental initiatives. Trump's executive order will roll back at least 10 major Obama environmental regulations thus providing the framework for a new Trump-era energy framework that will emphasize more production, more jobs and fewer environmental safeguards. The order makes good on Trump's promise to end what he called a "war on coal," and to bring back coal jobs.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists the United States is often noted as the being the most significant contributor to historical emissions of global warming pollution. Most of these emissions occur when power plants burn coal or natural gas and when vehicles burn gasoline or diesel. China is rated #1, the USA #2 and Canada ranks #7 according to the 2008 study. China and the US together produce around 45% of global carbon emissions
China, the world's biggest polluter however, the country has not set a specific target for cutting emissions of the gases, mainly carbon dioxide. Recently, a cloud of industrial pollution caused by China’s factories was so large and dense it was visible to satellites.
Over the period 1948 to 2013, the average annual temperature in Canada has warmed by 1.6 ° C. New research reveals that during our cold-weather season, pollution in China is altering weather patterns in the United States and Canada.
Meanwhile in Canada the Federal and Provincial Governments are placing the responsibility, read taxes, on the heads of the average Canadian citizen. Most recently, following BC’s lead, the Alberta and Ontario governments have added a carbon tax on gasoline and virtually eliminated coal fired electric plants. As if the average Canadian can limit their use of their automobiles or turn off electrical appliances significantly enough to affect climate change. Four-fifths of Canadians will live in provinces with such taxes in 2017, and in 2018 all Canadians could be paying a carbon tax. The tax, we are told, is revenue-neutral, with proceeds used to cut corporate and personal income taxes.
In fact, Canadians breathe easier than most people in the world, ranking third in an-air quality index released by the World Health Organization.
If we look at the following list of Worse Polluting Industries most do not have a large presence in Canada.
Coupled with Trumps promises to reduce business taxes from 35% to 15% introducing carbon taxes, additional manufacturing regulations and making Canadian energy more expensive is a no-win plan against Trump’s America. Businesses will invest there not in Canada.
I am a concerned Canadian that is fed up seeing companies and people leave Canada due to the high cost of doing business and living.