Sustainable Prosperity

By: Michelle Brownlee August 28, 2014
Water has been in the news a lot this summer — from the historic drought in California, to the algae blooms in Lake Erie. So what’s a policy-maker to do? SP thinks part of the answer lies in price -- pricing water, and pricing pollution releases to water.
By: Stewart Elgie July 11, 2014

We've just finished crunching the numbers to see how British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift performed in its first five years. Check out our oped in the Globe and Mail(external link) and follow this blog series, where we tackle the biggest questions about the policy.


Today, we look at the conventional political wisdom across most of Canada (and the U.S.) is that carbon taxes are a political loser. Is it true?

By: Stewart Elgie July 10, 2014

We've just finished crunching the numbers to see how British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift performed in its first five years.

For all the success of BC's carbon tax, it's not perfect. We look at some key weaknesses of the tax, and some ways it could be improved.

By: Stewart Elgie July 9, 2014

We've just finished crunching the numbers to see how British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift performed in its first five years. Check out our oped in the Globe and Mail(external link) and follow this blog series, where we tackle the biggest questions about the policy.

BC's carbon tax shift is smart tax policy. We look at how revenue neutrality has put BC's tax payers ahead.

By: Stewart Elgie July 9, 2014

We've just finished crunching the numbers to see how British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift performed in its first five years. Over the next few days, we'll tackle the biggest questions about the policy, in light of these results.

Since 2008, BC's use of fuels covered by the carbon tax has fallen 16.1%. In this post, we explore other possible suspects for this dramatic drop.

By: Stewart Elgie July 9, 2014

We've just finished crunching the numbers to see how British Columbia’s pioneering carbon tax shift performed in its first five years. Check out our oped in the Globe and Mail(external link) and follow this blog series, where we tackle the biggest questions about the policy.

Outside of B.C., the true story of the carbon tax shift remains shrouded in mystery for many Canadians. SP will be peeling back the layers on BC's successful policy over the coming week.

By: Pomme Arros June 20, 2014
On June 19th, 2013 rain began pouring from the Alberta sky and didn’t stop until it had caused the largest recorded flood in the region’s history. Though the immediate danger from the flood waters has receded one year later, the impacts still linger.
By: Pomme Arros June 3, 2014

Here at SP, we don’t just talk our talk--we walk it. And in some cases, we run it.

By: Michelle Brownlee May 26, 2014
Sustainable Prosperity brought together at the University of Ottawa on April 28 and 29 some of the most prominent environment-economy thinkers in the world. We asked them for their “Big Ideas for Sustainable Prosperity” -- and wow, did they ever think big. Don’t worry if you weren’t there in person or didn’t catch the live webcast – we’ve got 10 top highlights here.
By: Michelle Brownlee April 10, 2014
At SP, we’ve done a lot of work on how best Canada can transition to a low-carbon economy. And we’ve come to a pretty clear conclusion: a carbon price is a necessary, but not sufficient, policy if Canada intends to close its emissions gap. As SP’s latest issue summary shows, there’s enough research, analysis and real-world practical experience to show that a carbon pricing policy can be done right – and that Canada’s ready for it. If we have any hope of bringing Canada’s emissions profile back in line, a carbon price is necessary — and patience is not a virtue.

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