By Jamil Jivani, August 4, 2022
Most people I know are worried about climate change for genuine reasons. But there is an influential subset of people and organizations that are so ideologically captured by a war on climate change, they’re unfazed by the suffering of whoever gets caught in the crossfire.
Recently, Canadian farmers and Indigenous community leaders have been voicing their concerns over how the war on climate change is impacting their businesses and economic prospects.
For farmers, the issue is a phenomenon called “greenflation”: in an effort to implement green energy policies, governments are making it more expensive and less profitable for certain industries to do business, which raises the cost of goods and services throughout the economy.
As Bloomberg recently reported, Canada’s Liberal government “is proposing to cut emissions from fertilizer 30 per cent by 2030 as part of a plan to get to net zero in the next three decades.” Such a proposal means that farmers will need “to shrink grain output significantly at a time when the world is scrambling for more supplies,” and the reduced output could result in farmers losing $10.4 billion over the next decade.
Crucially, Bloomberg also explains why Liberals have turned their focus to farmers. According to reporter Jen Skerritt, “The tension comes as efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions related to energy are lagging, so policymakers are increasingly looking to other sectors, including agriculture.”