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Saskatchewan's Brad Wall is the only premier who has stood steadfast against a carbon tax.
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Ontario businesses have cast a real vote of confidence in cap and trade by buying 100 per cent of the permits offered at the March 22 auction. There was strong interest in the futures market too. All told, the auction raised $470 million that the province must now reinvest back into climate action and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Climate change is "Made in China," but they get off scot-free. We need to admit one simple truth: handicapping Canadians with a tax will have zero effect on global climate change. However, that doesn't mean we can't exert influence and pursue real solutions.
Gas, groceries and heating costs are all expected to go up.
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In fact, it generates contradictory reactions.
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A new environmental program comes into effect Jan. 1.
With more frequent, more severe and more damaging cycles of droughts and wildfires, storms and floods, it's clear that a more extreme and volatile climate is costly for Saskatchewan. Virtually everyone agrees that we need to prevent the worst consequences, as much as possible, and adapt to what we can't avoid.
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The funds are meant to help countries fight climate change.
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What's next in the federal-provincial "climate wars," you might ask? Since last week's initial ruckus, the combatants have gone quiet. Despite this temporary armistice, something clearly needs to be done to reverse the harm done to federal-provincial relations, while still moving towards an early agreement on carbon.
We cannot spend tens of millions of dollars promoting a low carbon future while also spending tens of millions promoting extractives. With the Agreement in full force, Canada can pivot its approach to international assistance to reflect real policy coherence. We need to support small-scale, decentralized clean energy programs that promote pro-poor, gender sensitive projects.
The federal plan calls for a $10-per-tonne tax starting in 2018 and increasing to $50 per tonne by 2022.
The premier claimed Justin Trudeau isn't honouring his election promises.
Justin Trudeau's Liberals won a majority mandate on a green election platform that included pricing carbon.
Only the players have changed.