Ecofiscal

There is a wonderful interview posted today by ecofiscal on living responsibly both financially and ecologically.

Here is what Ecofiscal is all about:
5 Reasons Canada Needs Ecofiscal Solutions

1. Canada’s natural wealth is fundamental to our prosperity.

Our natural wealth is a source of Canadian pride and is critical to our economy. Jobs in fishing, forestry, agriculture, and tourism depend directly on healthy ecosystems. Access to clean water is vital to our communities and businesses. Our health and quality of life are tied to the quality of the air we breathe.

$228 billion — The estimated health costs of air pollution resulting from illness and premature deaths between 2008 and 2031.
2. We can do better.

Canada’s current fiscal system holds back innovation and productivity 
while inadvertently promoting the pollution of our land, air, and water. That environmental damage has a cost, to our economies and to our lives. It doesn’t have to be this way. The right policies will provide an incentive to invest in innovative and new technologies , while lowering the taxes that stunt growth.

$760 million — The amount that income and business tax cuts exceeded pollution-pricing revenue under B.C.’s carbon policy from 2008 to 2013.
3. This is the smartest way to get serious results.

Environmental policies don’t have to be expensive to work. But the ones we’re currently using the most—subsidies and heavy-handed regulations—can be costly to governments and the broader economy, and they’re often ineffective. In contrast, ecofiscal policies allow market innovation to drive the lowest-cost, highest-impact solutions.

$800 million — The estimated amount the United States saved annually by using pollution pricing instead of regulations to reduce acid rain.
4. This is a significant opportunity.

Canada currently lags behind many of our international trading partners when 
it comes to innovation and environmental performance. But we don’t have to. Introducing ecofiscal policies now will put Canada and our industries on the path to compete and succeed in a 21st-century economy.

$816 billion — The estimated annual value of global clean-tech markets by 2015. Of the 65 publicly traded companies on the Cleantech Index, only 1 is Canadian.
5. This is both our responsibility and our legacy.

It is neither fair nor responsible to leave our children and grandchildren with debt— economic or ecological. We built our prosperity on Canada’s clean air, land, and water. If we make the right choices now, the next generation will have the same opportunity. Today’s smart policies will shape that legacy.

$87 billion — The additional costs in retrofits and premature retirement of assets if policy to significantly address Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions is delayed until 2020.

Ecofiscal: A Project for All Canadians

Let’s focus on prosperity economically and ecologically!!

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