A Cruel and Unusual Punishment – NetZero2050 Climate Policy

Join Us for a Free LIVE on-line event! Hosted by Michelle Stirling – Thursday April 15, 7 PM MDT

A Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Responding to the report:
A Healthy Environment and A Healthy Economy



In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the COP21 Paris Agreement, the Canadian federal government issued a new report entitled “A Healthy Environment and A Healthy Economy” detailing several new climate policies and an astounding leap in the price of the Canadian carbon tax. The proponents of the report, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Minister of Environment and Climate Change – Jonathan Wilkinson; Minister of Infrastructure – Catherine McKenna; Minister of Heritage – Steven Guilbeault, claim that the plan will provide Canadians with good jobs, a leading edge in the global clean tech economy, which they claim will be worth trillions of dollars, and that most Canadians will receive more money in carbon tax rebates/dividends, than it will cost them in carbon taxes. All this on the road to the ultimate goal of NetZero2050 and the interim Paris emissions reductions target.

Our live event will walk through our rebuttal report – “A Cruel and Unusual Punishment” and will show you how Canadians are being misled by the magical Medieval thinking on climate change and the effective witch hunt against those who hold rational dissenting views.

This report will show that the Canadian government and state actor-Ministers are imposing unnecessary regulations without due diligence or transparent reporting, that threaten the life, liberty, and security of Canadians through incalculable debt, untenable carbon tax rates, misleading bribes of carbon dividends/rebates, and the end result of heat-or-eat poverty, job loss, and regional strife. We believe this contravenes Section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We will demonstrate the disproportionality of the imposed climate and energy policy measures against ordinary Canadians vis a vis the actual climate change activities (or lack of them) and emissions in the global context.

This report will provide Canadians with the fundamental due diligence of the impacts of these policies, which the government has not done, to provide clarity to its citizens and sufficient cost-benefit analysis as a basis for rational debate about these proposals.

In the absence of such information and in the face of overwhelming promises that cannot be kept, the federal government is treating its citizens as no more than serfs in Medieval times; in fact, the carbon tax ‘fee-and-dividend’ is much like feudal serfdom where the peasant works but is beholding to the Lord of the Manor to return a portion of the peasant’s crop or earnings for his/her or their families sustenance.

Indeed, the claim that “most Canadians will get back more in carbon rebates than they pay” seems a cruel and unusual joke, when the ballparked cost to Canadians of the ultimate NetZero2050 electrification plan will be in the order of: “Using Tanton’s figures, that would place the costs of electrification at somewhere between U.S. $2.7 trillion (Cdn $3.6 trillion) and U.S. $4.35 trillion (Cdn $5.9 trillion). This does not include the stranded assets costs or the deadweight losses which, based on the value of the proven reserves alone, would appear to be about $9.4 trillion.…A cost of Cdn $3.6 trillion is equal to $95,000 for every person in Canada. A foregone income of Cdn $9.4 trillion is equal to almost Cdn $250,000 per person, or one million dollars for a family of four.

The state broadcaster, CBC posted an article on Dec. 12, 2020, by Aaron Wherry entitled “Canada finally has a plan to meet its climate target — and maybe now there can be a real debate”. This document will give the Canadian peasant population, on the verge of a neo feudalist society, some facts and tools to engage in a vigorous debate to prevent this cruel and unusual punishment of a carbon tax regime and carbon serfdom being imposed upon us.

This report will compile relevant information from many of our existing science and policy reports and articles, many of which were written by Robert Lyman, former Canadian public servant, and diplomat. Other contributions will be from the Friends of Science team or from our network of >900 international scientists, Professional Engineers and scholars who are signatory to the CLINTEL World Climate Declaration.

ROBERT LYMAN is an economist with 27 years’ experience as an analyst, policy advisor and manager in the Canadian federal government, primarily in the areas of energy, transportation, and environmental policy. He was also a diplomat for 10 years. Subsequently he has worked as a private consultant conducting policy research and analysis on energy and transportation issues as a principal for Entrans Policy Research Group. He is a frequent contributor of articles and reports for Friends of Science, a Calgary-based independent organization concerned about climate change-related issues. He resides in Ottawa, Canada. Full bio.

How Did We Get Here?

In 2015, the newly elected, neophyte Liberal government representatives went to the Paris COP-21 conference and signed on to the purely voluntary agreement to reduce emissions. The objective was to ensure that human-caused global warming (deemed to be caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human industry) would remain below a 2℃ temperature as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science reports. Canada opted for a more ambitious target of reductions to meet a 1.5℃ target, because, according to Minister McKenna, the Marshall Islands faced the threat of sea level rise. Catherine McKenna told the Calgary Chamber on March 9, 2017, that she didn’t even know what a ‘COP’ (Conference of the Parties) was before she got there – yet she signed an agreement, with no due diligence, that is economically destructive to Canada.

Minister McKenna to Calgary Chamber 2017

In an almost tearful interview with Rosie Barton upon her return, Catherine McKenna invoked empathy for the Marshall Islanders’ plight, dangling a palm frond they had given her, as the rationale for pursuing the more stringent emissions reduction target. In fact, the Marshall Islands are not at threat of sea level rise due to global warming, as explained by Dr. John Harper, FGSA,FGAC, PGeol., former director of the Geological Survey of Canada, in this April 2016 interview.

This is what Catherine McKenna committed to for Canada. The Paris targets are voluntary and not binding – but the Canadian government is trying to force them into law via Bill C-12. Please watch “The Last Time I Saw Paris” to appreciate the geopolitical context of Canada and the destructive nature of the Paris commitments.

Join Us for a Free LIVE on-line event! Hosted by Michelle Stirling – Thursday April 15, 7 PM MDT

Here is the power point in pdf.

1 Comment

  1. Liz Howell

    Wonderful! Thank you Michelle for being so informed and brave! This commitment is of course impossible!

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