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 …

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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 …

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Putting a Price on Carbon

The Climate Change Forum filled the Isabel Bader Theatre to its 475 seat capacity.  The Forum reviewed the two mechanisms that are recognized as effective ways of putting a price on carbon: a carbon tax and “cap and trade”. The four panellists, Gray Taylor, Nic Rivers, Katie Sullivan and David Robinson, analysed the issues that must be …

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Council of the Federation to meet in Ottawa

What is the Council of the Federation all about?  Right now the Council is the best hope for progress by Canada on the Climate Change Front. Here is our letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne of Ontario.  As a Provincial Premier she is a member of the Council.  She and Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment …

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Carbon Tax discussion goes main stream

Carbon tax awareness among the general population really is increasing. Last Wednesday’s Ontario Today question was “Are you willing to pay a Carbon Tax?” Invited guests were Glenn Murray, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Andrew Weaver, a well known climate scientist and MPP in British Columbia, and Nick Rivers, Canada Research Chair in …

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