The federal government has announced that Canada is giving Loblaws $12 million to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement already sparked outrage from the public, who view the donation as an unnecessary handout to an already profitable corporation. However, despite the immediate pushback from Canadians, here is why the government's initiative to battle Canada's growing carbon footprint is unquestionably the right thing to do.
Let me start by explaining the reason behind the multi-million dollar grant to Loblaws. The Canadian government is helping to convert the company’s refrigerator systems which over the next three years will help reduce Loblaw’s annual emissions by an estimated 23 percent.
The decision is part of the government's efforts to begin working with Canadian business to promote and create a cleaner economy before it’s too late. However, it is being met with backlash from many Canadians:
I as a senior who paid taxes for 44 years of working my ass off being taxed up the whazoo has taken away the rights to live comfortably, eat decently travel to see family. While this gvt pays out rich https://t.co/NoDzD7A2xp Loblaws gives breaks to corrupt CO’s we go without!— Ms Katetoyou 🇨🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@kstokesvies) April 9, 2019
Wow! That is insane! Loblaws can pay for their own freezers. More Liberal BS!— karin verwoerd (@verwoerdann) April 9, 2019
Canadians can boycott Loblaws and their affiliates to take a stand against this!!! They will not need refrigerators if no one shops there!!— Doreen Saulis (@dsaulis) April 9, 2019
The announcement comes just after a shocking new report from Environment and Climate Change Canada came to light last week. The report revealed that Canada is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world due to climate change. The report calls Canada's rapid warming "effectively irreversible." It calls on the government to reduce the impact of climate change, before stating that humans play a significant role in Canada's rising temperatures.
Environment and Climate Change Canada published a follow-up study on Monday that detailed just how drastically Canada's climate change has affected the country since as far back as the 1940s. According to the report, Canada is heating up three times faster than the United States, the cause of the warming linked primarily to human activity.
In the face of such devastating reports about our planet, drastic measures are in order. Our nation is in a state of climate change code red, and Canada's government is making significant decisions to save what can still be saved and prevent the irreversible from getting worse.
Despite the severity of the issue, the federal government’s new climate plan has nevertheless faced loads of criticism due in part to its new carbon tax.
“Canada’s climate plan puts Canada on track for the biggest reduction in carbon emissions in our country’s history. The plan includes over 50 measures including investing in clean energy and phasing out coal power, building public transit, and introducing a price on carbon pollution so that it is no longer free to pollute,” reads an official statement by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
The new energy efficiency measures will also help Canada’s economy by generating 118,000 new jobs by 2030 and boosting our national GDP by $356 billion.
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