You didn’t look at the research cited in the article (or just dismissed it). BC is seeing no substantial increase in its carbon emissions in spite of steady population and GDP growth. So no, I don’t just like the tax because it feels right. Though the article doesn’t point it out, BC emissions data for 2017 that was only just recently released indicates a slight drop below 2016 levels. I think we can expect further drops now that the tax is rising again at $5 per tonne per year.

Alberta didn’t adopt a straight carbon tax until 2015 and it too reduced tax rates to help offset them. In fact, it just reduced business tax rates again to offset a recent increase in its carbon tax. In 2007, Alberta did set a cap on carbon emissions and impose a $15 per tonne levy on any emissions oil sands operations produced that went above that limit, but that hasn’t been at all effective if the data is any indication. If anything, perhaps you should be chastising me for not praising efforts to reduce emissions in Quebec and Ontario rather than wagging your finger at me for ignoring Alberta, whose emissions continued to rise dramatically following their 2007 cap and levy was implemented.

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US citizen residing in British Columbia, Canada. Degrees include anthropology and environmental studies. Activism, politics, science, nature.

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