Levy not based on the price of natural gas

Dear Editor;

Regarding a letter published in The Capital January 17, 2018: I would like to point out that the carbon levy of $1.011 is per Gigajoule of energy produced. It’s a levy on the tonnes of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide produced when one gigajoule of natural gas is burned. The levy is not based on the price of natural gas. In March of 2014 natural gas was $8.22/GJ. Thus the levy at that time would have been 12% of the price of natural gas.

Incidentally, for your information: one gigajoule of natural gas when burned produces about 123 pounds of carbon dioxide. One liter of gasoline produces about five pounds of carbon dioxide, and one litre of diesel fuel produces about six pounds of carbon dioxide.

Rollin Haseltine

Innisfail, AB