Carbon Tax

Campaign Art: Become a citizen of the Trash Isles

People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.Many of us have seen the iconic photograph of a seahorse latched onto a cotton swab. It’s just one example of how prevalent plastic debris is in the ocean. Every yea ...

Carbon pricing not enough for Canada to meet its climate goals

The Conference Board of Canada is adding to an ever expanding literature that argues Canada won’t be able to meet its climate change commitment of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by simply implementing a national price on carbon pollution.  ...

Cap & Trade 2.0: California Fine Tunes and Extends Cap & Trade Program to 2030

By Selina Lee-Andersen On July 17, 2017, the California legislature passed legislation to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030 (the program was originally set to expire in 2020).  Bill AB 398 received broad bi-partisan support and was passed with a two-thirds majority vote, which is ...

Ontario environmental policy—excessive costs, little environmental benefits

Authors: Ross McKitrickElmira Aliakbari Province’s coal phase-out had no impact on nitrogen dioxide levels, a significant component of smog. Read more about Ontario environmental policy—excessive costs, little environmental benefits Tags:  coal-fired power plant kathleen wynne dal ...

Output allocations, designing them to best work with carbon prices

Many critics have complained that the adoption of carbon pricing mechanisms - cap and trade or a tax - will leave Canadian firms vulnerable to competition from jurisdictions without such measures. While that’s true, both the Alberta and federal systems attempt to mitigate that through output-base ...

Reaffirming our commitment to carbon pricing and climate action

Second Annual Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition High-Level Assembly. Photo: World Bank When the world united around the historic Paris climate agreement, in 2015, the message was clear: It’s unfair to pass the burden of climate change to future generations. We now need to put words into acti ...

B.C.’s NDP government will likely raise taxes and increase government spending

Yesterday, British Columbians finally found out who will govern the province. The NDP, led by John Horgan (pictured above) and supported by the Green Party, was given an opportunity by B.C.’s lieutenant-governor to form government. Which raises an important question: what are the likely f ...

The problem with companies that plant trees when you buy their product

For businesses looking to grow their brand, tree planting seems like the environmental equivalent of a no-brainer. Having a tag line like, “For every coffee/T-shirt/bottle of wine you buy, we’ll plant a tree,” not only lets a company come across as a bastion of sustainability but it gives peo ...

A Greener Growth Path to Sustain Thailand’s Future

Global experience shows that growing first and cleaning up later rarely works. Rather, it is in countries’ interest to prioritize green and clean growth. This also holds true for Thailand, a country with rich natural resources contributing significantly to its wealth. According to World Bank ...

Is it myopic to think carbon pricing has to be the main instrument for emissions reduction?

There is one key message to take away from the various reports produced by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission - carbon pricing must be the centerpiece of any action to fight reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The reason its many economists say is because it’s the most efficient and most cost-effective ...