New Fraser Institute Report: Carbon Pricing to Cost Billions and Do Nothing

The Fraser Institute has a new report, which alleges that the current national climate plan will not only cost billions but also do nothing to increase the quality of our environment.

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New Report Shows Stunning Results

The Fraser Institute has a new report, which alleges that the current national climate plan will not only cost billions but also do nothing to increase the quality of our environment.

As the institute notes, “Four provinces in Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec) have promulgated “action plans” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These plans have several broad components. There is a carbon pricing component; assortments of energy efficiency programs; there is a “renewable energy” component, and most of the plans have vehicle electrification components (or such programs have been enacted separately from the climate action plans).”

“Revenue Neutral”

While governments have sold these plans as “revenue neutral,” the Fraser Institute alleges the opposite.

“Rather than obeying fundamental economic principles of true revenue neutrality, regulatory displacement, and allowing markets to find lower cost ways to reduce carbon, Canada’s carbon taxes are piled on top of regulations, are not revenue neutral, and subvert the functioning of energy markets by mandating particular technologies such as wind and solar power, and electric vehicles.”

The report goes on to point out that promises of expanding renewable energy – which are a staple of most climate plans – have turned out to be disasters, particularly in Ontario:

“Ontario’s renewable expansion has come at a stunningly high cost, with electricity prices in Ontario having risen by 71 percent from 2008 to 2016, over twice the average growth in electricity prices elsewhere in Canada. From 2008 to 2015, electricity prices also increased two-and-a-half times faster than household disposable income in Ontario. The growth in electricity prices was almost four times greater than inflation and over four-and-a-half times the growth of Ontario’s economy (real GDP).”

Context: The federal government has instituted a minimum carbon price.

Carbon Price: what is a carbon tax about? Essentially, it is about changing people’s behaviors in ways that drive them away from activities that produce greenhouse gas emissions, activities that are, overwhelmingly, related to how we consume energy.

Manitoba Fights back: Manitoba has fought the federal government the most announcing lower minimums than the present federal limit.


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  1. Make better quality fuels first, then you wouldn’t have to use more cleaners,in gas or DPF, SCR, Urea in diesel, for after the burn emissions.

  2. Time for the federal opposition to take more of an active role into bringing this Liberal regime down now. Get yourselves a lawyer who is fully knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the constitution and any loopholes or avenues which would allow for A SPEEDY end to Justin and his heinous Junta.

  3. See all that criminal activity by the Democrats? That is what is going on world wide with this phony carbon tax BS. The politicians who are responsible for its implementation are either mentally deficient, criminals or both.

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Business owner, former riding President, and Bachelors in Industrial Relations from Mcgill. Interested in the intersection of politics and culture. I firmly believe in a free media and work to push new stories to your door each day.

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