Remember COP21? That was the UN Climate change conference in Paris that Canada sent 383 delegates to. While there, Premier Rachel Notley, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips and their entourage told the world a new day had dawned in Alberta and presented their climate leadership strategy.
Through freedom of information filings, we received the expense claims for Shannon Phillips’ five person delegation. And I found out she charged Albertans for her climate sins.
The group bought and charged their carbon offsets to the taxpayer through Alberta Economic Development and Trade. Carbon offsets are a made up thing like a made up currency. If you’re an emitter and you can’t reduce your carbon emissions, you can get a credit and sell that to people who can. You can buy carbon offsets to feel better about your opulent travel.
And the Alberta delegation to COP21 charged their carbon offsets for their travel to the taxpayer.
I don’t want to pay a dime to help the NDP feel morally superior about wasting Alberta taxpayer dollars to promote their climate leadership strategy -- one that would cost 15,000 Alberta jobs.
Carbon offsets, besides being a tithe to the church of climate change, are basically a carbon tax on travel. And if the NDP think it's appropriate for me to pay a tax on my travel, so can they.