Time for Stefan Dion!

Like other groups pushing for action on climate change 4RG is relieved that voters rejected the Conservative government. The Liberal government to be has already deftly torpedoed the Keystone XL pipeline: Justin Trudeau has confirmed to President Obama that any US decision on Keystone – a clear reference to Obama’s possible veto – will not undermine …

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A critical election

We live on Bowood Avenue in Toronto.   A street that is also a community.  Many young families and lots of kids. When I see them skipping along the street, hear them play in their back yard, watch them shoot hoops in their front yard, I think “These are the grandchildren we are trying to protect.” …

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At last: a Canadian Statesman

At the 4RG Guelph Climate Change Forum, Stephane Dion did not back away from his support for a carbon tax as the best legislative weapon to reduce Greenhouse Gases that are largely responsible for climate change. He suggested that at the 2015 Paris Conference on climate change countries could agree on the level of carbon …

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A carbon tax is the answer!

Stephane Dion

At 4RG’s Guelph Climate Change Forum Stephane Dion laid it on the line:  the world needs to price carbon if there is to be a chance of reducing GHG emissions from fossil fuels. One effective way for a country to do that is by introducing a carbon tax.

Dion considers that this step might well be taken at the next significant Climate Conference: Paris, 2015.  Yet this requires leadership, and Dion could not say which international leader or which country would provide that leadership.

Dion referred to the experience of several Provinces in Canada that have introduced a carbon tax in one form or another:  BC, Alberta and Quebec.

BC is the Canadian poster child for a carbon tax.  A few days before Dion’s remarks, the Secretary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (0ECD) had this to say about the BC experiment:

“It is important to note that not all governments have shied away from explicit carbon taxes. Since Sweden introduced its carbon tax in 1991, an additional nine OECD countries have followed suit. We have learned a lot from these experiences on how to introduce carbon taxes. For example, introducing the taxes incrementally over time can allow households and businesses to make smooth, efficient adjustments. The implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax is as near as we have to a textbook case, with wide coverage across sectors and a steady increase in the rate, from CAD 5 to CAD 30 per tonne over a period of five years.”

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