Greenpeace offers "qualified support" for Liberal carbon tax

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace today welcomed the release of
the federal Liberal party's carbon tax plan as a useful step towards reducing
Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
    "We offer qualified support for the Liberal plan," said Dave Martin,
Greenpeace climate and energy coordinator. "A carbon tax is an important part
of the solution to global warming, but the plan's target isn't tough enough,
the price on carbon is too low, and the tax cut should be used to help
Canadians save energy."
    A properly designed carbon tax can be one of the most effective ways of
reducing emissions because it can raise the price of carbon quickly and
improve the environment more immediately. A carbon tax should also be paired
with emissions trading and range of aggressive programs and policies.
    In April, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion signed the environmental
movement's KYOTOplus pledge, alongside the other federal opposition leaders,
that calls for a minimum greenhouse gas reduction of 25 per cent from 1990
levels by 2020. Dion's plan calls for a 20 per cent reduction from 1990 level
by 2020, or 25 per cent "if other countries take on comparable efforts."
    By comparison, the Harper government plan (20 per cent reduction from
2006 levels by 2020) would leave Canada 133 million tonnes short of the
KYOTOplus commitment. Greenpeace considers the Harper government's approach to
global warming badly flawed because it doesn't set stringent reduction targets
with hard caps on emissions; doesn't put a price on carbon; and doesn't
provide sufficient incentives for Canadians to reduce their emissions.
    The opposition parties in Parliament have shown more leadership on global
warming than the Harper government, says Greenpeace. The NDP got its bill on
future reductions beyond Kyoto passed; the Liberals sponsored a bill
supporting the Kyoto Protocol; and now Mr. Dion has released his climate
change plan.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Blomme, Media and Public Relations
Officer, (416) 930-9055; Dave Martin, Climate and Energy Coordinator, (416)
627-5004; Arthur Sandborn, Climate and Energy Campaigner, (514) 235-5955
(English and French)

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