Premier Gordon Campbell’s environmental conversion was central to his speech at last month’s Union of BC Municipalities convention.
Exciting initiative after exciting initiative tripped off his oh-so-green tongue.And I really did try and get evangelical right along with him.
The trouble is the curmudgeon in me kept popping up every time I was about to give the premier a mental standing O.
Like the $25 per tonne payment government will incur for all greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with official travel, the money will go into something called a BC Carbon Trust.
Now that would be a truly innovative idea if it meant the elected member or civil servant was having to open his or her own wallet when wanting to go off on a jaunt to some far-flung corner of the province, country or globe.
But of course it doesn’t mean that at all. It will be our wallets that are pried open – and the government will seize the credit when handing out our BC Carbon Trust money.
Strikes me that simply requiring government officials to reduce their travel GHGs by some significant percentage or putting a cap on how many travel GHGs they could run up in a year would make more sense.(There’s going to be a bunch of symposiums around the province on reducing GHGs in various industries. Lovely, except I wonder how many GHGs will be racked up by government officials attending them?)
There’s more, of course, but I’m out of space – and it occurs to me that if I am to be a true member of the Green Revolution, I best save power right now by turning the computer off.