The Canadian province's largest governorate will open its plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Thursday, and the Ontario Minister of the Environment says it will show that combating climate change does not require a carbon tax.
Minister of the Environment Rods Philips releases Ford's government climate change plan at. 13:00. ET at a press conference in Nouvelton Protected Area, North of Toronto.
The plan will include targets to reduce Ontario's carbon footprint, but will not include carbon taxes, CBC News Phillips said in an interview.
"Of course [climate change] is an important priority, "said Phillips.
"This is the fact that we are all recognized that we have to deal with it," he said, criticizing what he called "dogmatic beliefs" that carbon tax is the only way to tackle climate change.
Asked how the province can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without carbon prices, Phillips answered his questions.
"I ask the question to all carbon tax takers: how can they focus on just one solution if we are faced with something so complicated?" he said. "Are they dedicated to a carbon tax, or are they intended for genuine action on climate change and greenhouse gas reductions?"
The Ford government is introducing a climate change strategy in light of its bitter struggle with the Trudeau government on carbon pricing. Ford started the latest shots on Wednesday to blame the planned federal carbon tax for General Motors to close its collection plant in Oshwa, though GM announced at the same time that it plans to shut down four US plants.
Ontario is currently joining the Saskatchewan Court in its fight against the transition to a federal carbon pricing system in provinces that are not themselves. Ottawa is flattering bypassing the Ford government and sending € 420 million from the Low-carbon fund to cities, hospitals, universities, schools and businesses to help with efficiency programs and other emission reduction activities.
One of Ford's first car driving stages was released from the previous Liberal government's climate change plan, which was based on a trade limitation and trading program, requiring companies to pay for permission to emit greenhouse gas emissions. Ford actively worked against the restriction of production and trade, describing it as a carbon tax, and calling it "the worst tax ever."
Specific emission reduction targets in today's plan will be very important, says Peter Tabuns, a climate change critic for Ontario's NAP.
"Will there be goals that will actually protect people from dangerous climate change? It's a critical piece. [the plan] it's not, the rest is not worth a look, "Tabuns said in an interview this week.
"Yes [Phillips] There is no carbon price at all, but he is showing real projects, a genuine emission reduction policy, and he can show how they will be cut and he shows how they will pay, then it could be credible, "said Tabun.
But he added that he was "deeply skeptical" that will take place from the Ford government. "They may be interested in doing some public relations, some addressing the issue, but not really deal with it."
On computers that, during the election campaign, promised to set up an emission reduction fund by offering state money to companies that offer innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is a signal that the plan can borrow from the model currently used by the Australian Conservative Government – a plan that was criticized for not reducing national emissions.
Philips has said that in the design of the plan he is seeking jurisdiction around the world, including Australia.
"The situation in Ontario is very different from the situation in Alberta or the situation in New Brunswick, because our electricity sector and our network are almost 100% green," said Phillips. "That's why the Ontario solution has been created."
Ontario has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent from the 2005 level, largely due to the production of all electricity from coal, but also due to the decline in provincial production output since that date.
A report released Tuesday by the UN Environment Office said that global greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to increase and by 2030 emissions are projected to decline by 55 percent from 2017, so that the global average temperature does not exceed 1.5 degrees.