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Singing and spitting around the Climate Policy camp fire…

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Huh? Seems somehow the NRTEE got the warriors holding hands (see here):

The report drew widespread accolades – including expressions of appreciation from both the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the David Suzuki Foundation.

And then…

Pierre Alvarez, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, lauded several of the policy principles stated in the report. “It’s very clear that this is not a shot at the oil and gas industry, or the coal industry; that it applies across the economy and across the country,”

Usually in environmental policy when you piss off industry and the ENGOs you have done something right. So, I am not quit sure what to make of all this singing around the NRTEE campfire. But before we all hold hands for another sing song, there are sobering reminders from politicians and the public that some are not prepared to pay a cent to reduce carbon emissions. This one is particularly good (here). There is a mindset here that needs more attention, and thus we may need slick advertising campaigns such as the one tonne challenge after all. Who would have thought?

But my personal favorite quote from all this is from the Minister himself:

“Every time a report comes out, you can’t change your mind.”

So its seems that all us economists and policy wonks who have been pushing this stuff for a while should step aside and make way for the spin doctors. Perhaps, it is their time.

Written by Dave Sawyer

January 8th, 2008 at 3:12 pm