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Go with Canada: Because we put a price on carbon

The Harper government proudly touts Alberta’s carbon price


The Harper government has created a new website to sell Americans on the Keystone XL pipeline. Among the boasts contained therein: that Alberta has put a price on carbon.

Canada’s oil sands are already subject to provincial regulations that are driving investment in new environmental research and bringing emissions down through technological innovation. Alberta has regulations that require large oil sands operators to either reduce emissions or contribute money toward innovative research to improve the environmental performance of the industry.

Indeed, the Alberta government has a “Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund” that prices carbon emissions at $15 per tonne. And Peter Kent recently seemed to suggest that this wasn’t a completely terrible thing.

Amid reports that Alberta might be prepared to increase that price, Erica Alini explained the province’s system last month.

Update 4:33pm. Marc Jaccard explained his objections to Alberta’s approach last month. Andrew Leach reviewed the program for the Canadian Tax Journal last December.


Go with Canada: Because we put a price on carbon

  1. up is down, black is white, in is out……

  2. Desperation is setting in.

  3. Yes, but everyone knows Alberta’s plan wont cost Candians 21 bazillion dollars. The ndp would simply use that confiscated profits, er carbon taxes, er, taxes to enrich their union buddies, and take long drinking hols in Cuba.[ i could sign on to the that]

  4. Fun to watch the Harper Government twist itself in knots over carbon pricing. But if one employs the method of double-think (I have a theory neo-cons use “1984” as an instruction manual,) it’s clear there’s no contradiction whatsoever…

  5. My god it’s a permanent tax on everything not a leader didn’t come back for me in over our heads!

  6. Marc Jaccard doesn’t mention that the European Carbon Trading system is a farce, riddled with fraud, and the carbon price as collapsed to a couple of dollars per tonne.

    So the only major carbon cap-n-trade system put in place by environmentalists has been a massive failure and disaster.

  7. Important clarification: Alberta prices a limited % of carbon emissions at $15 per tonne. Depending on carbon intensity performance, only a maximum of 12% is priced. Complicated to explain but it’s actually a big difference from pricing carbon emissions at $15 per tonne. Please revise!