Cars thwart green goals
Rise in population, more vehicles on road would offset billions spent to cut pollution: Report
Apr 26, 2008 04:30 AM
The Toronto region could spend billions a year on public transit and still not reach provincial targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
That startling conclusion emerged yesterday with the latest work from Metrolinx, the region's transportation planning agency.
It's not a startling conclusion, in fact it is a predictable conclusion given Canada's mass immigration system.
That's because the influx of 2.6 million people into the region by 2031 comes with a corresponding number of cars on the road.
The most ambitious car-reduction scenario Metrolinx tested includes $419 billion in transit improvements that would cost $3.8 billion annually to operate. But even under that proposal, greenhouse gas emissions could still climb 18 per cent over 2006 levels or, at best, decline by just 4 per cent.
Queen's Park, by contrast, has pledged an emissions decrease of 6 per cent below 1990 levels by 2014 and a 15 per cent reduction by 2020.
The root of the problem is mass immigration. Where is the bulk of the influx of 2.6 million people into the region going to come from? If Canada's environmentalists used that half a brain they collectively share they would address immigration as a threat to the environment yet they don't. According to this report, if we implemented all the green saving polices put forward we would still be a square one since the influx of people would reverse any gains made.
This isn't the first time population increase was linked to environmental erosion and the attendant decrease in quality of life. Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, made a similar statement in 2007 with this report called "Reconciling Our Priorities".
The Southern Ontario sustainability analysis first focuses on the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (GGH Plan) and considers how appropriate the projected growth is, relative to the carrying capacity of the landscape ecosystem to accommodate that growth. It concludes that the planning system of the province puts the cart before the horse. Population projections imposed on some communities for economic growth reasons exceed the available local water supply and the natural limits of the rivers to receive and assimilate the treated sewage.
Laudably, the Growth Plan seeks to improve the density of future development and
improve transit opportunities in the growth areas. But, the targets are too weak. Where the target densities have already been achieved in past development, we have not seen a substantial move away from an automobile based lifestyle. Without a change in the carbased culture, we are going to see a million more cars trying to use the roads of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and these will only spawn more congestion, more pollution and the unceasing demand for more roads, which will consume even more of the limited green space remaining on this crowded landscape.
Canada is known the world over for its natural beauty. It is part of the Canadian identity and this nation's natural heritage yet we are sacrificing it to favour immigration for immigration's sake.
If you truly care about the environment then you will pressure the government to reduce immigration numbers. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations of Canadians. I cannot take any environmentalist seriously who doesn't. We have seen ecological disasters occur in over populated areas of the world. Why replicate that here?
Southern Ontarians can look forward to a tax increase due to mass immigration.
Canada's Environmentalists just don't get it: It's mass immigration stupids!!!
More Immigrants = More Cars on the Road.