In Canada, the climate change debate has focused on Ottawa’s attempts to impose carbon taxes.
Proponents of these taxes, such as the federal Liberal government, say that only a price on carbon can adequately reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. Opponents, such as Ontario Premier Doug Ford, counter that carbon taxes can never work.
But in a new book, Simon Fraser University economist Mark Jaccard says both sides are wrong. In theory, he writes in “The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress,” carbon pricing should work. In practice, however, it doesn’t – for the simple reason that in the real world of politics it is too difficult to deliver.
Why a carbon tax won’t solve climate change
By Thomas WalkomNational Affairs Columnist
Mon., Dec. 2, 2019