Research supports SARM stance on carbon tax

Jun. 27, 2018

For Immediate Release June 27, 2018

Research supports SARM stance on carbon tax

Considering the recent analysis from the University of Regina’s Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities regarding the impacts of a federal carbon tax, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) reiterates its support of a made in Saskatchewan solution to reduce carbon emissions.

It is estimated that a federal carbon tax could reduce Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product by nearly $16 billion from 2019 to the end of 2030.

“We continue to oppose a federally imposed carbon tax and support the Province in its development of a made in Saskatchewan plan to address climate change,” said Ray Orb, SARM President.

“We understand how a carbon levy would affect our farmers, ranchers, small businesses and the trickle effect would be felt across the province. The statement made today by Environment Minister Dustin Duncan simply confirms that.”

The made in Saskatchewan plan to address climate change, called Prairie Resilience, recognizes agriculture’s role in addressing climate change and reducing emissions.  According to the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association, producers already sequester nearly nine million tonnes of carbon, annually, through innovations such as zero till technology.

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For more information please contact:

Jay Meyer
Executive Director
(306) 761-3721

 

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