Carbon Pricing

New Government Faces Climate Challenges And Opportunities

David Suzuki | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Our new government appears to be taking climate change seriously. With the UN climate talks in Paris weeks away, Canada can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gases at home and helping others around the world do likewise.

These Are All the Election Issues More Important Than the Niqab

David Suzuki | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada must talk about the real challenges facing our country -- our response to the greatest threat humanity faces, climate change. We should be talking about trade deals, endangered species, protecting water resources, our responsibilities to the rest of the world and so much more. Instead, this election has bogged down into "dead cat" distractions like niqabs, an issue that affects almost no one!

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Is a Sorry Sign of the Times

David Suzuki | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

The Volkswagen debacle is bad enough in itself, but it also raises questions about automaker practices, pollution, emissions standards and testing and the implications of our rampant car culture. Volkswagen cheated on regulations designed to protect human health and the environment, and the consequences are increased rates of asthma, lung disease, cancer and death.

As Canada Debates Pricing Carbon, Some Companies Are Just Doing It

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Business

CALGARY — A new study shows companies in Canada and around the world are increasingly putting a price on carbon emissions in their financial planni...

5 Things Our Next Government Should Do to Combat Climate Change

David R. Miller | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

Five clear and simple things the next parliament could do. Each is free to the government, or any cost is paid back. All of them will produce strong gains in reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, and taken together, will restore our international position of leadership. The only obstacle is making the decision to act. And that will be up to who is elected on Oct. 19.

The Non-Binding International Climate Treaty Process Has Been a Colossal Failure

Andrew Weaver | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Weaver

From November 30 to December 11, 2015, world leaders will gather in Paris in an attempt once more to negotiate an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and hence global warming. Whether or not society chooses to take the necessary steps to mitigate climate change ultimately depends on the extent to which we value the importance of intergenerational equity.

Why Divesting From Big Oil Might Not Work In Canada

CBC | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Business

If you thought the divestiture movement was losing steam, Norway's recent announcement shows there still is momentum around the world to stop inves...

Oil Multinationals Call For Price On Carbon

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business

STOCKHOLM - Six European oil and gas companies have called for a global price on carbon as a way to curb climate-warming emissions from the burning of...

Nova Scotia Should Become the Second Province to Adopt a Carbon Tax

Merran Smith | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Merran Smith

A carbon tax is as a useful fiscal tool that can be tailored to meet both the environmental and economic goals of any given jurisdiction. How great would it be if Nova Scotia were to join hands with British Columbia as the second province to enact a carbon tax, and serve as climate leadership "bookends," inspiring all the others in between to follow suit.

Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting For?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

While the majority of Canadians see climate change as a serious threat to the planet, Canada has no climate legislation and, according to Environment Canada, growing emissions from the Alberta oilsands will prevent the country from meeting its emission reduction targets under the Copenhagen Accord.

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Climate change is a critically important issue for the economy. The Clean Economy Alliance, which launched Wednesday, has united under some common principles to support Ontario's commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how the province should proceed. We've come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy, and failing to address climate change would be very costly. Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy, which is why the World Bank says a four-degree world must be avoided.

Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate Solutions

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The risks and costs associated with climate change are already mounting--ice storms, severe flooding, crop losses, damage to critical infrastructure, $3.2 billion in extreme weather related Canadian insurance costs in 2013 alone. Yet, the climate crisis is rarely talked about at Queen's Park. The lone exception is Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, who has stirred up controversy with reports pointing out that Ontario has no plan to meet its 2020 or 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.

How To Wean Canada Off Fossil Fuels

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Business

Dozens of Canada's top scholars are urging a sweeping remake of how the country produces and uses its energy in a necessary effort to wean itself off ...

Did You Think About All These Different Way Carbon Tax Would Affect You?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Do you like meat? Sorry, expect the price of your meat to go up more than other foods that produce less greenhouse gas emissions (that also will apply to your pet food, by the way). Do you like fashionable clothing and buy new clothes annually? Expect the price of those new threads to increase under the new carbon price.

Australia Opts for Climate "Bribery" to Cut Emissions

David Fogarty | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

In Australia, fighting climate change is set to take a new direction. Bribery. Just as parents might bribe a child with a sweet to eat their greens o...

It's Super Easy To Hide A Carbon Tax..

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.18.2013 | Canada Business

Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest and an unlikely Republican politician-turned-environmentalist are among the people predicting that Canada will even...

What Canada Must Do to Become a Clean Energy Superpower

David Dodge | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

For Canada to become an active participant in the global low carbon economy there are several key things Canada needs to do. With ideas like these Canada can access the budding clean energy economy and not get left sucking on a tailpipe.

How Much Can Business Influence the Environment?

Tyler Elm | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada
Tyler Elm

Some businesses have demonstrated that they can implement and scale the environmental benefits far better traditional approaches to "saving the environment" while also delivering shareholder value. How successful will business be in influencing Canada's approach to environmental issues?

Will Canada Take Action on Energy?

Tyler Elm | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Canada need not wait for others to develop smart policy to promote energy development and environmental stewardship as mutually reinforcing objectives with Canadian interests in mind -- it won't happen and we have more at stake.

The Benefits of Carbon Shadow Pricing

Tyler Elm | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Placing a price on carbon of anywhere from $10 to $80 a tonne can have a profound effect on business planning. It can help a company cut costs, while dramatically reducing its risk and exposure to rising energy prices and a price being put on carbon. Which brings us to an important question...

Surprise, Surprise: Northern B.C. Supports Carbon Tax

Merran Smith | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Merran Smith

Plenty of Vancouver's latte-sipping, seawall-jogging condo dwellers support the carbon tax. But so does everyone else in British Columbia keen to secure a better future for his or her community. Not that you'd know that after listening to Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation who suggests that rural British Columbians universally loathe the province's world-leading climate policy. Bateman also rehashes the myth that carbon pricing unfairly punishes interior and northern residents, because they tend to use more energy. He is mistaken on both counts.

Hey Ottawa -- There's Nothing National About the Pipeline Debate

Deborah Coyne | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The "national energy strategy" recently debated by the provincial premiers is going nowhere fast, not least because the "national" part is completely meaningless. If one province needs the cooperation of another province, for example, to export power or resources across provincial boundaries -- pipelines from Alberta, hydro power from Newfoundland -- this is a matter to be resolved by the affected provinces, not Ottawa.

Canada's Green Energy Plan: National Leadership Missing in Action

Deborah Coyne | Posted 10.26.2011 | Canada
Deborah Coyne

Despite the need for bold leadership to rise above the dissonant cacophony of provincial voices and ensure concrete progress towards Canada's green energy future, the federal government remains content to muddle along, making ad hoc one-off deals with provinces. Canadians must directly challenge this incoherence.