PHOTOS: Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Below: Peter Lougheed, Alberta’s first Progressive Conservative premier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his father, the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta Rachel Notley’s decision yesterday to make support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan put a national price on carbon conditional on getting a pipeline approved . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s demand for a pipeline quid pro quo demonstrates the steely side of Alberta’s premier
Mark Jaccard’s article in Policy Options has generated a lot of interest. It is a provocative article that challenges the economic orthodoxy that prioritizes carbon pricing above all else. Jaccard calls for a host of “smart” regulations that progressively introduce zero-emission technologies within specific sectors such as vehicles, electricity, housing, and appliances. “Political reality” is […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Political Reality and Climate Policy: A Response to Mark Jaccard
It was a good story while it lasted. Over the past few years, the BC government and many in the policy community have spun a tale about the remarkable success of BC’s climate action policies, with a big spotlight on the carbon tax as a driver of lower emissions while BC’s economy outperformed the rest . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: BC’s Carbon Emissions on the Rise
Compelling reasons exist for putting a price on carbon. Three Star readers offer theirs: Re: Ontario carbon price policy in the works, Feb. 13
I was struck by the total disconnect between two of your news articles on Friday.
One was on the Wynne government’s decision to put a price on carbon, which is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What’s Stopping Them?
There is some discussion in Nova Scotia about the possibility of the government introducing a carbon tax in the next budget. In this blog post I will introduce the context within which these discussions are taking place, and make reference to other blog posts in this forum that provide insights into how the province might . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Will Nova Scotia Implement a Carbon Tax?
* Citizen-based lobby group applauds Ontario Government’s public engagement on greening the economy Hundreds of citizen climate lobbyists to participate in new discussion paper to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (Sudbury, ON) – Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) applauds the government of Ontario for initiating public discussion on plans to transition Canada’s largest province . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Ontario Government Launches Climate Change Discussion Paper
Yesterday, Justin Trudeau appeared to be backing away from a national carbon price. He says some of the provinces have already implemented carbon pricing, so the federal government will be left to “oversee”. What Trudeau is actually saying isn’t quite clear, but it certainly seems like he is giving up on creating a national carbon . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Trudeau, Carbon Pricing, Regional Politics, and Technology Policy
I’m a fan of carbon taxes, but increasingly I see the term “revenue-neutral” attached to it. Where I live, in BC, we have perhaps the most prominent example of a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and carbon tax advocates have come to promoting the BC model to other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, who are contemplating their own . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The case against a revenue-neutral carbon tax
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you’re probably well aware that the price of oil has fallen dramatically, to less than $50 / barrel. What this means for Canada’s economic output & labour markets is not yet clear. But Stephen Poloz at the Bank of Canada has said that he expects the effect . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Low Oil Prices, Good or Bad for Canada?
From iPolitics, here is my constructively critical take on the first discussion paper of the new Commission chaired by Chris Ragan. In a nutshell, polluter pay is a good idea, and it is good to see such a mainstream crowd endorse the principle, but the principle of recycling the increased revenues to personal and corporate . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Ecofiscal Commission and Polluter Pay
A colleague of mine pointed out a relatively new paper about the distributional impacts of BC’s carbon tax. In my work, we look at actual energy expenditures by different household groups, and because lower income groups spend a greater share of their income on (carbon-intensive) energy, any carbon tax is regressive. But that regressivity ultimately . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: CGE models and carbon tax incidence
We are still out West, but I can’t resist putting up a few letters from The Star that raise awareness not only of environmental perils but also, concomitantly, of the dangers of saurian political representation, as epitomized by the current regime in Ottawa:
U.S. coal cut tests Harper, Editorial June 3
Agreed, it’s time . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canaries In The Coal Mine, Dinosaurs On The Hill
Christine Penner Polle of Red Lake offers some observations that I suspect few but the most ardent ideologues would dispute:
Re: Ottawa plans cuts to climate programs, March 12
Have we Canadians fallen down the rabbit hole? We are living in a Mad Hatter world where our federal government is slashing funding to Environment . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Informed Star Reader
Newspapers currently abound with stories of the toll taken by the bitterly cold weather that has taken hold of a good part of the continent, followed closely by tales of the perennial ‘blame game.’
For example, countless numbers have railed against the decision to close Pearson Airport in Toronto for more than eight . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Aren’t We Asking The Wrong Questions?
The organization representing the industrialized, First World, isn’t pulling any punches on climate change. OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, maintains we need to decarbonize by mid-century.
“We need to achieve zero emissions from fossil-fuel sources by the second half of the century,” Gurria told reporters at a briefing in London. “That doesn’t mean by 2050 . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: OECD – We Need a "Big, Fat Price on Carbon"
Last week’s report from BC’s Auditor General dealt a huge blow to the credibility of carbon offsets and claims that BC had achieved a state of “carbon neutral government.” Coverage of the AG’s report was coloured by accusations from the Pacific Carbon Trust, the Crown corporation created to buy and sell BC offsets, and “experts” . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Absolving our Carbon Sins: the Case of the Pacific Carbon Trust
Divestment from fossil fuels is an idea whose time has come. Sparked by Bill McKibben’s Rolling Stone article last summer, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”, divestment campaigns are now up and running on over 300 university campuses in the US, with 4 early victories already notched. Students in Canada have declared tomorrow (March 27) Fossil . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Carbon bubbles and fossil fuel divestment
President Obama’s State of the Union remarks on climate change last night: But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Obama on climate change
This is a guest blog post written by Whitehorse-based economist, Luigi Zanasi. Please feel free to comment. Also, please note that this was written before Marc’s blog post of Jan. 14 re: BC’s carbon tax.
Towards a fair cap & trade system for GHG emissions
In the last two federal elections, the NDP quite . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: GHG Cap & Trade
An oped of mine was published by the Vancouver Sun today:
What’s next for BC’s carbon tax?
Climate change forced its way onto the political agenda in 2012, as Hurricane Sandy ripped through the northeast United Stages just days before the election. And while action remains frustratingly slow, extreme weather disasters in the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: What’s next for BC’s carbon tax?
The following comes from a short talk on a vision for a zero-carbon BC that I gave at a couple events this Fall. Many have asked for the text so I’ve posted it here, and we may try and turn it into a video. That said, I have been reluctant to do so up to . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Marc’s Letter from 2040
It goes like this:
“If we had had more ambition [on emissions cuts from rich countries], we would not have to ask for so much [money] for adaptation. If there had been more money for adaptation [to climate change], we would not be looking for money for loss and damage. What’s next? Loss of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: We’ll All Be Singing This Tune Before Long
That’s video of Joyce Murray’s Vancouver launch that happened Saturday afternoon. I recommend watching the full video as by the end of it you’ll get a good sense of what she’s about and the bold policies of her platform thus far. It is Sunday after all… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Joyce Murray’s Vancouver launch