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Coverage of carbon taxes since November 16, 2023.

Housing dominates B.C. legislative session with next election less than a year away

"...The end of the fall legislative session comes less than a year away from B. C. 's expected election, and about three months before the New Democrat government's tabling of its February budget..."

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Analysis: If Liberals have any hope of winning carbon tax battle, they have to help Canadians understand what it actually costs

"...It’s clear now that household financial concerns are paramount in the minds (and voting preferences) of Canadians, and while they would like to continue to fight climate change, most see the carbon tax as an inefficient and unfairly expensive mechanism to do so. But do Canadians actually know what they’re paying?..."

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Climate politics heating up in British Columbia Globalnews.ca

"...He says the Conservatives, if elected next year, will eliminate the province's carbon tax, roll back climate-friendly building codes and consider nuclear power as an energy option. Rustad's comments come a day after Opposition BC United Leader Kevin Falcon called the NDP's CleanBC climate plan destructive and promised to replace it with common sense measures that fight climate change without hurting taxpayers. Falcon says BC United will ramp up liquefied natural gas export plant production in B..."

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‘Not a crisis': B.C. Conservatives promise to scrap climate taxes, programs

"...A Conservative government would also reduce British Columbia’s reliance on imports of food and refined fuel by “dramatically” increasing domestic food production and developing domestic refining capacities. Rustad also promised to have a conversation with British Columbians about using nuclear power..."

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BC United calls the NDP's climate change plan an attack on B.C.'s well-being

"...CleanBC — the provincial government’s plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2007 levels by 2030 — came under fire during Question Period today as BC United accused the plan of being ineffective while hurting the provincial economy by making life more expensive..."

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BC United calls the NDP’s climate change plan an attack on B.C.’s well-being

"...CleanBC — the provincial government’s plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2007 levels by 2030 — came under fire during Question Period today as BC United accused the plan of being ineffective while hurting the provincial economy by making life more expensive..."

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Doug Ford says public

"...“Do you know why you aren’t hearing from the public? They don’t give two hoots about that. ”The premier then pivoted to talk about the carbon tax, arguing that it was “the number one issue on every poll. ”After a bruising summer, the Ford government has started to take more confidence in polling, pointing to figures that suggest they may have weathered the worst of the Greenbelt crisis..."

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‘Mistake' to play affordability off against climate change, says B.C. premier

"...“The issue of affordability is getting tied into the need for us to take action on carbon pollution,” Eby said Thursday (Nov. 9). “We just need to take action on climate change..."

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‘Mistake’ to play affordability off against climate change, says B.C. premier

"...“The issue of affordability is getting tied into the need for us to take action on carbon pollution,” Eby said Thursday (Nov. 9). “We just need to take action on climate change..."

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City of Fort St. John seeking exemption from carbon tax, rental act

"...“We do have people who come here for a short time to ensure that there is safety for those workers on oil patch sites, we do have hotels that are full for non-stop timeframes,” said Bolin, noting that during the wildfire season, the city struggled to find hotel rooms for evacuees.  ..."

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N.B. premier's pitch to offset emissions globally rather than locally not new, researcher says

"...“When you shift to gas you have a benefit compared to coal but to what degree does that prevent jurisdictions from investing in other low-carbon alternatives such as biomass, such as wind and solar, or even newer technologies such as tidal or small modular reactors?”Higgs applauded the federal government's decision to pause the price of carbon on oil home heating fuel for three years, but says that it shows the entire system is flawed and should be scrapped. He argues that the impact on the economy and the cost of living is too great and the impact on emissions too small. Higgs has also joined the premiers of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia in calling for a meeting with the federal government to discuss removing carbon pricing from all home heating sources..."

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Sask. Party introduces legislation to stop collecting federal carbon tax on natural gas Globalnews.ca

"...On November 16, 2023, the Saskatchewan Minister Dustin Duncan, responsible for SaskEnergy, introduced the legislation called The SaskEnergy (Carbon Tax Fairness for Families) Amendment Act to protect and save Saskatchewan families approximately $400 in 2024, according to the province. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced on October 30, 2023, that SaskEnergy will stop collecting the carbon tax in response to the federal government's decision to stop charging the carbon tax on home heating oil. “Our government is taking the necessary steps to protect Saskatchewan families' ability to afford to heat their homes this winter by removing the federal carbon tax from the natural gas bills of residential customers,” Duncan stated in a release..."

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Jobs in carbon taxes

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Climate Change Coordinator - Grey County (Owen Sound, ON)

"...Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development, our ideal candidate will have the combination of education, experience and strong consensus building skills to successfully lead a broad stakeholder group in realizing our goals Climate Change Action Plan goals..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention carbon taxes.

RealAg on the Weekend: Best family activities, impact of autonomy, and carbon tax trouble, Dec 2, 2023

Duration: 40:01

"...On this weekend’s show, host Shaun Haney discusses: Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan annual general meeting; Reaction to Bill C-282; Hear a clip from Agritechnica that Bernard Tobin had with Derek from John Deere on the potential impact autonomy will have on farming; and, The best family activities in the fall..."

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Ag budget cuts, carbon tax position, and the future of the Sustainable Ag Strategy — a conversation with Minister MacAulay

Duration: 17:34

"...Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his staff are looking for ways to reduce the federal agriculture budget by three per cent, in line with what's been asked of other federal departments..."

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RealAg on the Weekend: Diesel prices, a labour shortage in ag, and clawing at the carbon tax, Nov 4, 2023

Duration: 39:56

"...On this weekend’s show, host Shaun Haney discusses: Patrick De Haan of Gas Buddy on where diesel prices are headed; We will also hear a panel discussion with Meagan Murdoch of H&K Strategies, Kelvin Heppner and Lyndsey Smith both of RealAgriculture on Premier Scott Moe's response on carbon tax, unfilled jobs, and much more! Thoughts. ..."

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RealAg Radio: All eyes on the Senate, carbon tax clawbacks, and if Trudeau stays on, Nov 3, 2023

Duration: 53:42

"...Thanks for tuning into this Friday edition of the RealAg Issues Panel on RealAg Radio! Host Shaun Haney is joined by Kelvin Heppner and Lyndsey Smith of RealAgriculture, and Meagan Murdoch of H+K Strategies to discuss a number of topics, including: Eyes on the senate with an upcoming pivotal vote on Bill C-234; Bill C-282. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about carbon taxes.

Liberals and Bloc Québécois strike down Conservative carbon tax motion

"...A swing in political allegiances is under question inside the House of Commons today, following a carbon tax vote to include more Canadians from the tax exemption..."

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The great death of insects | DW Documentary (ecology documentary)

"...Landscape ecology professor Alexandra-Maria Klein from Freiburg, for example, has been researching the effects of human interventions in natural environments for decades and has launched an experiment in a fruit plantation on Lake Constance: What happens when insects disappear?..."

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Carbon Dioxide Reduction A BIG loophole for business

"...Others are banking on throwing money at carbon offset schemes like large scale reforestation to enable them to carry on business as usual..."

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Carbon Dioxide Removal. A BIG loophole for business?

"...Others are banking on throwing money at carbon offset schemes like large scale reforestation to enable them to carry on business as usual..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about carbon taxes relevant to the latest news.

Dynamic modeling to analyze the impacts of carbon reduction policies, Iran?s electricity industry

"...Sustainable development and reducing greenhouse gas emissions require optimizing the structure of energy production as the main factor in the emission of pollutants in Iran?s electricity industry..."

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Green innovation and carbon emissions: the role of carbon pricing and environmental policies in attaining sustainable developme

"...Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are enforced by a set of instruments, among which environmental regulations, green innovation, and carbon taxes play a central part..."

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Strategies to achieve a carbon neutral society: a review

"...We propose plans for carbon neutrality such as shifting away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy, and the development of low-carbon technologies, low-carbon agriculture, changing dietary habits and increasing the value of food and agricultural waste..."

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Key factors affecting carbon prices from a time-varying perspective

"...During COVID-19, energy factors had a long-term shock on the carbon market, economic factors had a short-term shock on the carbon market, and the economic recession has led to fluctuations in the carbon market..."

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Climate change and the UN-2030 agenda: Do mitigation technologies represent a driving factor? New evidence from OECD economies

"...The United Nations 2030 agenda states various sustainable development goals (SDGs) to counter climate change affecting individuals' health and economies..."

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Comprehensive technology and economic evaluation based on the promotion of large-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration

"...The technology known as carbon capture and storage (CCS) can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a massive scale..."

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Road map for sustainable and effective carbon pricing: bridging the gap of realities and ambitions

"...An increase in policy ambition is needed to close the gaps related to climate change mitigation and those required to meet the targets of Paris Agreement..."

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Testing the validity of disaggregated agricultural-induced growth?environmental pollution nexus in selected emerging economies

"...Undeniably, agriculture production and its decisive role as a determinant of carbon footprints are of particular interest for analyzing the link between carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2eq) and economic growth..."

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Carbon taxation as a means to incentivize forest and fire management

"...Recently, Portugal has created new environmental policies that address climate change, fire management, and biodiversity conservation through payment for ecosystem services schemes..."

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Investigating the association among CO2 emissions, renewable and non-renewable energy consumption in Uzbekistan: an ARDL approa

"...As regards with non-renewable energy consumption, natural gas and oil energy consumption have a positive impact on CO2 emissions per capita both in the short and long run..."

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Determinants of GHG emission intensity in Canadian industries

"...Besides the strong effect of energy intensity, we found that industrial production mix that indicates sectoral shifts, fuel mix, and the time-fixed effects that capture factors such as the introduction of a carbon tax and technology standards have statistically significant impacts on GHG intensity..."

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