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A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

The accomplishments of carbon taxes over the last decade have been underwhelming. What if, instead of making fuel and other commodities and services more expensive, we used a financial incentive to make technologies that help reduce emissions – such as solar, wind and geothermal energy – more affordable? Sumedha Basu, PhD Candidate in Sustainability at … Continue reading

The benefits of carbon taxes

The benefits of carbon taxes

There are many countries designing their approach to address climate change.  A carbon tax is one of the options. Canada has had much controversy over its carbon tax. For example, there has been recent opposition to the federal government’s carbon pricing scheme by the provinces of Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick.  Brendan Boyd and … Continue reading

Impact of carbon taxes

Impact of carbon taxes

The debate goes on about the value and impact of carbon taxes and how they are implemented.  Roger Harrabin discusses their impact on the vulnerable in an article on the BBC website. What do you think?   How do you stop green taxes hurting the poor? The French humiliation showed people rejected the sort of … Continue reading

The energy transition in Alberta

The energy transition in Alberta

The collapse in oil prices has had a significant impact on the Canadian province of Alberta. The tar sands together with conventional fossil fuels have dominated the economy for decades. But the provincial government has had to diversify and it has been making good progress. Emma Graney writes a good article in the Edmonton Journal … Continue reading

Impact of carbon tax in Canada

Impact of carbon tax in Canada

The province of British Columbia introduced a carbon tax in 2008. Eduardo Porter writes a very good article in the New York Times about its impact. Interestingly, the new federal government under Justin Trudeau is currently trying to set a nation-wide price for carbon and coming up with some resistance by some of the provincial … Continue reading

Opinion on a possible carbon tax in the US

Opinion on a possible carbon tax in the US

Following the agreement between the US and China on curbing emissions, there has been considerable attention paid to the way forward. Eduardo Porter recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times arguing that a carbon tax is the one tool available to trim carbon emissions on a relevant scale but that it remains … Continue reading

Politicians and economists – who do you believe?

Politicians and economists – who do you believe?

We find that the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada are convinced that carbon taxes do not work. Munir Sheikh, an executive fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, and a former chief statistician of Canada argues the case of the economists in Canada’s Globe and Mail.   What do these PMs … Continue reading