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Flipping Canada’s carbon price debate

National Post / John Ivison / 19 September 2018

The Liberals’ Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act requires Ottawa to return tax revenue to the province where it was raised in cases where it has imposed a “backstop” carbon tax in the absence of a recognized provincial climate plan. Trudeau has indicated that, rather than sending a rebate to the governments of those provinces, he may choose to send the money directly to its households.

Research by environmental economist Dave Sawyer of EnviroEconomics suggests that in this scenario most households, regardless of income level, would receive more money from the federal government than they would pay in carbon taxes.

The Conservatives have long railed against the Liberals’ “tax on everything” but the study of three provinces suggests those households — particularly at the lower end of the income spectrum — would end up better off. The amount they receive would rise over time in line with the direct carbon tax, which will start at $20-per-tonne next January and rise to $50-a-tonne in 2022.

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Climate change report

CBC News / 08 August 2017

Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University says the conclusions of a new climate change report are among the most comprehensive issued.

Bill Gates: Only good government can save the climate

truthout / Alexander Reed Kelly / 29 October 2015

Bill GatesIn a recent interview with The Atlantic, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates praised the U.S. government’s record in research and development and declared that the private sector alone cannot save the world from the ravages of climate change.

“There’s no fortune to be made,” Gates explained. “Even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today’s and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what’s tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale and has gotten through all the regulatory problems. … Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch.”

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Ontario plans cap-and-trade on greenhouse gas emissions

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow, Jane Taber, Sean Silcoff / 02 April 2015

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is preparing to bring in a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions, an ambitious move that could amount to the nation’s single largest salvo in the battle against global warming.

The new system would be linked with Quebec and California’s current cap-and-trade program, government and industry sources said, creating a carbon market of 61 million people and covering more than 60 per cent of Canada’s population.

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray is expected to present the plan to cabinet for approval within the next 10 days. It is believed to have widespread support among ministers already, one source said. The broad outlines of the system will be announced some time this spring – possibly around an interprovincial climate summit in Quebec City on April 13 – with full details worked out over the coming months.

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Business leaders support a price on carbon

Corporate Knights / Press Release / 01 April 2015

Over twenty business leaders from a diverse range of sectors today offered their support for the Wynne Government’s plan to put a price on carbon.

In a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the CEOs noted “climate change poses one of the greatest global challenges and threatens to roll back decades of development and prosperity.”

In response to this threat to prosperity, the leaders from industries including mining, forestry, energy, cement, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, technology and real estate urged Premier Wynne to take measures to address climate change “by establishing a transparent economy-wide price on carbon.”

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Carbon pricing coming to Ontario, strategy to be unveiled this year

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow / 13 January 2015

Glen MurrayThe Ontario government is closing in on a plan to put a price on carbon emissions after nearly seven years of delays.

The Liberals have promised to make corporations and consumers pay for burning carbon – an effective way to battle global warming – since 2008, but have put off making a decision. However, Environment Minister Glen Murray is now working on a comprehensive plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions, and he pledges carbon pricing will be part of it.

“We’re looking at how we can transition Ontario to a low-carbon economy through initiatives such as setting a price on carbon … it will be real, efficient, effective and economically positive,” Mr. Murray, who will unveil his strategy this year, told The Globe and Mail. He said his plan will also include cleaner fuel standards and energy conservation measures.

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