The real cost of the Notley Carbon Tax on everything is starting to be calculated in real terms.
And it looks like its going to cost us big time, especially in rural Alberta.
The carbon tax is going to cost so much that the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-Ops sent a letter to the premier asking her to exempt natural gas utility service used for heating homes, acreages and farms from the carbon tax.
The Federation, with 125,000 members, represents the province's natural gas distribution network and their customers.
They have calculated that the carbon tax will add an additional cost of $1.65 per gigajoule onto natural gas for their members. This means a tax grab from rural Alberta families totaling $50 million dollars annually.
Rural residents will end up paying about double the amount of carbon tax, on average, than people who live in cities and towns.
Natural gas is the main heating fuel for 91% of Alberta families. This rate is higher than any other province and it should be a good thing. Natural gas is clean burning and economical and it provides well paying jobs to Alberta families.
For the NDP this means 91% of Alberta families can be easily targeted for a quick tax grab.
Farmers have machine sheds, barns, pump houses, grain dryers and greenhouses. They use a lot of natural gas. When natural gas costs more, farming costs more.
When farming costs more, either food costs more or farmers get poorer.
The carbon tax will make both happen.
In the same way the NDP's farm unionization law, Bill 6, was an attack on the family farm, the carbon tax will do the same. It's increasing the cost of farming for some imaginary greater good. Something the urban based NDP either didn’t think about or just didn’t care about.
Family farms are just another casualty, collateral damage on the altar of the climate change.
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