Premier Scott Moe and NDP leader Ryan Meili spar on Twitter over climate report, carbon tax
UN climate report focus of social media back and forth
Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili and Premier Scott Moe got an early start on the coming fall sitting by trading barbs over climate policy.
This week the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a 728-page report detailing how Earth's weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if world leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming.
The report caused widespread reaction from around the world.
On Thursday, Moe, quoted a tweet from the head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation which used a figure of a $5,500 US per tonne carbon tax. That number is a reference to a section of the report that states a carbon tax could cost from $135 to $5,500 by the year 2030.
This is the policy coming out of the report the leader of the <a href="https://twitter.com/Sask_NDP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sask_NDP</a> is endorsing. <a href="https://t.co/fxXfRFq1vB">https://t.co/fxXfRFq1vB</a>—@PremierScottMoe
.<a href="https://twitter.com/PremierScottMoe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PremierScottMoe</a> isn’t dumb, but with tweets like this he’s doing his best to convince us otherwise. It uses an outlandish figure to distract from the fact that he has no plan to address climate change. <br>Read the report. Understand this is real and it’s time to act. Do better. <a href="https://t.co/NNHQyLlyV1">https://t.co/NNHQyLlyV1</a>—@ryanmeili
Thanks for sharing, and as you’ll see, what you’ve shared is a description of existing modeling, not a recommendation. <br><br>The bigger question is, are you honestly denying the importance of this report? Are you really so unconcerned by climate change as to dismiss the science?—@ryanmeili
Nope. That’s why we have released our own made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan.<br><br>One that actually reduces emissions without a carbon tax. <br><br>A carbon tax that 88% of Saskatchewan people clearly oppose. <a href="https://t.co/JYqkvkFBsn">https://t.co/JYqkvkFBsn</a>—@PremierScottMoe
The 88 per cent Moe is referencing in that tweet is this Angus Reid poll from July. The question was if Saskatchewan was right to oppose the carbon tax in court.
The provincial government has filed a reference case to the court of appeal to see if Ottawa has the jurisdiction to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has done the same in his province. Last week, Manitoba pulled out of the federal government's carbon tax plan.
Last December, Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan released the province's plan to reduce emissions without a carbon tax.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the Saskatchewan plan "wouldn't hit our standard, because it applies only to heavy industry instead of being economy-wide."
SaskPower has committed to using 50 per cent electricity capacity from renewable resources and reducing overall GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.
Saskatchewan's greenhouse gas emissions were 75 million tonnes in 2015, which was a reduction of 0.7 per cent from 2014, according to Canada's National Inventory Report 2017.
Canada produces approximately two per cent of global emissions. Saskatchewan produces 10 per cent of Canada's output.
In August, Duncan announced "performance standards" for large industrial emitters that, if successful, are expected to reduce the province's overall emissions by 1.1 per cent by 2030.
Meili has said he supports the federal government's plan to put a price on carbon. The provincial NDP has said it disagrees with the provincial government's position and its climate policy but has yet to put forward its own position.
- A previous version of this story said the $5,500 figure that appears in a tweet from the head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation was referencing the cost of a potential carbon tax in the year 2100. In fact, the report presents a range of $135 to $5,500 US in the year 2030.Oct 12, 2018 5:37 PM CT
with files from the Associated Press