SP in The News
By The Editors
Most economists agree that a carbon tax is the best way to slow climate change. Make energy derived from fossil fuels more expensive, they say, and let the market do the rest.
By Lynn Desjardins
The world can take steps to fight climate change and still have healthy, growing economies, says the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.text
By: Paul Lanote
A major challenge facing society is discovering new ways to grow economies without growing environmental impacts, commonly referred to as “decoupling” economic growth from environmental degradation.
We often hear politicians' claims here in Canada and elsewhere that a carbon tax would destroy jobs and growth. Yet the evidence from the Canadian province that actually passed such a tax – British Columbia – tells a very different story.
UNTIL recently, British Columbians consumed as much fuel per head as their fellow Canadians. Nothing remarkable distinguished their use of fossil fuel until, in 2008, they began paying a carbon tax. Six years later the province remains the only jurisdiction in North America to levy a charge on fossil-fuel consumption.
A new poll released on Tuesday shows British Columbians are eager to see the government keep its commitments under the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.
We know the carbon tax is effective. We know the public wants it. Time to ramp up our efforts.
By Josha MacNab
Other than beautiful scenery and having the same monarch, B.C. and Australia don't have much in common.
When Mark Twain wrote, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story,” he could have been describing Canada’s current climate policy debate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeatedly claims that a carbon tax would “destroy jobs and growth.” Yet the evidence from the province that actually passed such a tax – British Columbia – tells a different story.
HACKING THE CLIMATE
When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.
by KORKY KOROLUK
Cash-strapped Canadian municipalities are struggling to address the high costs of maintaining water and wastewater infrastructure.
When you combine climate change, an unlikely partnership between Californians and French-speaking Canadians—and the prospect of an 8-cents-a-gallon rise in gasoline prices—what do you get?
The energy industry vs. California. And Quebec.
B.C. is Canada’s greenest provinces for a number of reasons, but its decision to put a price on carbon stands out as its greatest single achievement.
Is there a way to capitalize on capitalist motives and practices and live sustainably? IDEAS host Paul Kennedy hosts a panel at the University of Ottawa which wrestles with these very questions.
It’s a question that is not easy to answer due to widely divergent views about what constitutes an environmental market.
However, a new report released last month puts the value of Canadian environmental markets at between $406 and 625 million.