Climate change: Would you be willing to pay a carbon tax to help fight climate change?
more Canadians than Americans believe climate change is real, according
to a report released Wednesday by think tanks in the U.S. and Canada.
Canada, 80 per cent of respondents said they believe in the science
behind climate change, the report found. The number was much lower - 58
per cent - among American respondents.
The Public Policy Forum
and Sustainable Prosperity, both of which are based in Ottawa,
commissioned the report. It was based on the results of two national
surveys of public opinion on climate change.
Another key finding
is that twice as many Canadians as Americans support both a
cap-and-trade system for industry and the idea of paying a carbon tax
of up to $50 a month.Read more
asked our readers whether they would be willing to pay a carbon tax to
help curb climate change, and the results revealed an audience split
almost right down the middle. Out of the 1,780 votes that were
submitted to our survey, 51.29 per cent of them were from readers who
supported a carbon tax, while 47.13 per cent of respondents were
CBCNews.ca community member lesysteme expressed the
sentiments of many respondents in stating: "Cap and trade policies
worked effectively to stop acid rain - fear mongering about cap and
trade and global warming policies are being 'fueled' quite literally by
interests tied to affected industries."
Commenter wybard was
not in favour of paying carbon taxes, but also managed to point a
finger at big industries in the following comment: "Why should I pay
for an industry that is doing the polluting and making money hands over
fist." Wybard then added: "All the environment needs is a government
with a backbone to write some laws and make people who pollute pay."
several audience members would pay taxes to help the
environment, some had more questions or conditions regarding how the
tax would be used. Realdemocrat remarked: "More people would be willing
to pay a carbon tax if they knew their money would be invested in
Similarly, commenter battebowler noted "I
would be willing to pay a carbon tax only when governments demonstrate
that they are using the existing tax revenues efficiently and
effectively instead of tax cuts for coporations; billions on fighter
jets;multi millions on the G20; millions more for Action Plan signage."
Regardless of whether they were for or against a tax, all
survey respondents expressed genuine concern over the environment, with
CBCNews.ca community member newbrunswickan summing up the prevailing
mood with this comment:
"The fact that there needs to be a debate on the subject, is proof that we will still be talking well after it's too late."