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David I like Mel's explanation and solution about taxing bitumen and giving a dividend to every citizen, but won't this come from as well as go to all of us. ... View > 20-Jun-12
Bette-Ann Of course, bituman should be more expensive on the open market and would be if (1) the government didn't subsidize it through tax breaks, etc. and (2) ... View > 20-Jun-12


From: David - Posted: 20-Jun-12 - 19:07

I like Mel's explanation and solution about taxing bitumen and giving a dividend to every citizen, but won't this come from as well as go to all of us. Or are we talking only about exported petroleum?

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From: Bette-Ann - Posted: 20-Jun-12 - 22:50

Of course, bituman should be more expensive on the open market and would be if (1) the government didn't subsidize it through tax breaks, etc. and (2) the cost to the environment were monetized. It's the role of government to collect enough money from those who exploit the environment to be able to protect future Canadians from the damages and losses caused by that exploitation. But that takes long-range planning, which governments don't seem capable of.

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