September 9, 2008

Harper’s Fuel Tax Reduction: (For an economist) He Just Doesn’t Get It

By Author-ED

Stephen Harper’s an economist, right?  He even did an MA on the topic of ‘spend and win’ at U of Calgary.

So, how is it that his new ‘diesel fuel’ reduction is going to save the economy when no one is shipping anything?

And why is it that, when you’re supposed to understand supply and demand, you don’t realize that reducing the price for something will increase the demand, thereby increasing our reliance on it, thereby increasing our already insecure relationship with OIL?

And since we’ve sold the Tar Sands to the US, where the hell are we going to get more oil from?

Christ, even his Republican cousins in the US are increasing their calls to reduce energy dependency, especially when ‘unfriendly countries’ (ie. those that we’ve bombed the snot out of) don’t give it to us at cost.

Let’s face it:  Steve does what Steve does for the oil industry and oil industry only.

This reduction will cost Canadian taxpayers $600 million per year.  Imagine what a $600 million investment in renewable energies would do for this new and fledgling industry.  Man!  It might actually take some of our business away from the Libyans and Nigerians (which our hear are the major suppliers of oil to Ontario, not Alberta)!!

My two cents is that this two cent reduction is just another kick in the junk for people who want to move things forward and reduce our heroin-like addiction to gas, even if it is diesel.

Get with the times Steve:  oil is NOT the future of Canada.