Soda Tax, Carbon Tax

Soda Tax, Carbon Tax

I recently saw this opinion piece from Jim Goetz, the president of the Canadian Beverage Association. He thinks that a tax on soft drinks would be a useless way to combat obesity. I suspect that the BS quota in his article is very high, but I agree with his conclusion – don’t tax the end product, soft … Read more…

An era is ending?

An era is ending?

We want to share with our supporters some hopeful news, and some not quite so hopeful.   The hopeful news suggests the era when we depend on fossil fuels for energy is coming to an end. First to Norway.  Statoil’s Chief Executive, Eldar Saetre, told a meeting of senior industry executives that the industry cannot ignore … Read more…

Carbon Pricing Basics

Recently I have been talking to people about different ways of implementing carbon pricing thinking that they knew what I was talking about. Mostly I was wrong. I usually had to explain the fundamental concepts before getting to what I wanted to talk about. This over-simplified summary explains the concepts well enough that people are … Read more…

An election year opinion poll.

In a recent poll by Nanos Research, a majority of Canadians ranked Canada’s performance in reducing GHG emissions as “poor” or “very poor”.  And a large majority want the Federal Government to take the lead in crafting tax policies that will cut emissions. But when it came to the question what form these taxes might … Read more…