I never said Alberta wasn’t the first to develop regulations (I’ll take your word for it), only that those regulations were not effective at reducing Alberta’s overall emissions. Alberta’s emissions have grown very rapidly as the chart I posted earlier shows. According to Canadian government data (see the source for the chart below), Alberta’s carbon emissions in 2005 were 231 megatonnes. By 2016 that number had increased to 262.9 megatonnes. Wow, that’s real effective carbon regulation! BC’s carbon emissions during the same period fell from 63.3 to 60.1. However, if we’re being honest it’s Ontario that gets the gold medal. Its emissions fell from 204.7 to 160.6 megatonnes from 2005 to 2016.
As my article points out, BC’s GDP was growing slightly faster than Canada’s as a whole during the years immediately following the implementation of the carbon tax. Furthermore, BC never experienced the dramatic downturns Alberta has had to deal with recently. Alberta does have a modestly larger GDP than BC (though also a modestly smaller population). However, one suspects much of Alberta’s wealth is more concentrated but I digress. Regardless, to say Alberta has a “developing economy” while BC does not (again see the chart provided with the article) is just ridiculous. BC has been experiencing both strong GDP and population growth for years (second only to Alberta in 2017 on both counts).
But I’m not sure why “development” would explain carbon emissions anyway given Ontario has a GDP more than double that of either Alberta or BC, as well as a much higher population. Yet Ontario has lower overall emissions than Alberta, emissions that have now successfully fallen below even its own 1990 levels. Would you argue that Ontario isn’t “developed”? You could make a very good argument that BC can do better, and I think it will now that its carbon tax is on the rise again. However, you really have to twist yourself into cognitive knots and engage in outright denial to say Alberta has done well when it comes to carbon emissions given even after adjusting for things like GDP and population it’s doing far worse than any other province in Canada and has been making no discernable progress even when it comes to noticeably reducing the rate these emissions have been rising.