Reducing Carbon Emissions

Code

G10-p11

Resolution Type

Policy

Submitter Name

Patricia Warwick

Party Commentary

This motion, in calling for the distribution of revenues through a dividend mechanism, alters the current position on revenue-neutral tax-shifting through the reduction of income and payroll taxes.

Preamble

WHEREAS Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol on April 29, 1998 and ratified it on Dec. 17, 2002;

WHEREAS Canada committed to a 6% reduction in emissions, from Canada’s levels in 1990, by 2012 and revised these targets to a 2.5% increase by 2020;

WHEREAS subsequent science has established that the Kyoto Protocol targets are not sufficient to reduce the total CO2 levels below 350ppm as recommended by Bill McKibben and endorsed by many climate scientists;

WHEREAS the Green Party of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canada reduces our greenhouse gas emissions to meet scientific targets.

Operative

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada seek to introduce legislation to establish scientifically endorsed targets for reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada seek to introduce legislation to create a plan, to be audited by the Auditor General, for meeting these targets;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green Party of Canada will adopt and establish a fee for all emissions, at source, as recommended by James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that 100% of the collected fees be returned in the form of dividend payments to every adult resident, and optionally to a children’s fund for their future, in order to alleviate the effect of any cost increases due to the imposition of the fee.

Sponsors

Toronto-Danforth EDA

Background