The Impact of a Climate Change Deal on Canada
Arecent report acknowledges the costs, but refutes conservative economicconcerns. The report was carried out by the Pembina Institute and DavidSuzuki Foundation, titled "Climate, Leadership, Economic Prosperity;final report on an economic study of greenhouse gas targets andpolicies for Canada," This report indicates that a pledge tosubstantively cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions would have thefollowing costs:
- Canada would annually have to purchase between $2 billion and $8 billion worth of offshore carbon credits a year.
Despitethese costs, the report indicates that, even with serious cutbacks,Canada’s GDP would continue to grow, on average, by 2.1 per centannually between 2010 and 2020.(Since 2000, Canada’s GDP growth hasexceeded 2.1 in five of the years, and been below that the other four).
Thisreport suggests that a climate change deal will not cause cataclysmiceconomic impacts in Canada. However, if emissions are left uncheckedthere is a wealth of peer reviewed scientific data that indicates wewould be facing a host of dire life threatening impacts.
Aglobal agreement on climate change will reduce emissions and hasten thedevelopment of an entirely new green economy. Although there areserious challenges associated with the adoption of a post Kyoto deal,the absence of such a deal could prove calamitous.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, sustainable investor, writer and owner of The Green Market Oracle, a leading sustainable business blog that covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.The Green Market is one of the most comprehensive resources for information and tools on sustainability. Follow The Green Market's twitter feed and see the Facebook Fan Page. Richard is a contributor to more than 50 publications. Find him on Facebook and Linkedin.
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