OECD Forum on Climate Change, Growth and Sustainability

June-12-08

John McKay

Liberal MP John McKay at the OECD Forum on Climate Change, Growth and Stability

Recently I had the privilege along with other colleagues to attend the OECD Forum on Climate Change, Growth and Stability held in Paris.  Some of the world's leading thinkers gave presentations on topics as diverse as the role for bio-fuels, financing infrastructure, the role of nuclear energy, and open markets for trade and investment.

It is pretty clear that the discussion about the existence of climate change is over and now the conversation is about how to finance the inevitable costs.  How will the world price carbon?  Will Canada lead or be a laggard?

New Zealand for instance is passing legislation which will make that country carbon neutral by 2013.  The comparison to the government of Canada's indifference to pricing carbon was painful.  If there was one message, it was that the countries that create the most intelligent set of policy instruments to price carbon will be the countries that prosper in the 21st century.

A government that denies the existence of climate change and refuses to realistically price carbon is not an international leader and does a disservice to its people.