Climate Change Free-for-All

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Climate Change Free-for-All


Any chance of Canada having a unified approach to tackling climate change has all but disappeared.

* Canada's first revenue-neutral carbon tax went into effect in BC in July 2008 (for background, see "Tax Shifting" in Alternatives, 34:1, 2008).

* Alberta expects to reduce its emissions to 14 per cent below 2005 levels by 2050, mostly (70 per cent) through the capture and storage of carbon underground.

* Manitoba, BC, Quebec and Ontario have joined seven US states in the Western Climate Initiative, which commits its members to reducing their emissions to 15 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. (Saskatchewan has observer status.)

* Ontario and Quebec have hooked up to lower emissions by creating a cap-and-trade system for large emitters as early as 2010.

* Quebec is collecting just under one cent per litre of gasoline and diesel from oil companies in its version of a carbon tax that raises funds for energy-saving initiatives.

* The premiers of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, and Quebec have signed on to the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan, which commits members to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. …

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