Can Ontario hit its targets without carbon pricing?

Climate and Energy Pollution

Ontario’s new government plans to dismantle the provincial cap-and-trade system and resist the federal backstop, essentially opposing carbon pricing in all forms. Though he hasn’t provided details, the premier-designate says he will “come down heavy on polluters.” Let’s take his statement seriously. What would a real plan to decarbonize Ontario look like—without a price on […]

Doug Ford victory speech after Ontario election. Ford plans to get rid of Ontario's cap-and-trade (carbon pricing) system (that he refers to as a carbon tax).

Tread Carefully: Ontario’s cap-and-trade system meets a fork in the road

Climate and Energy Pollution

Ontario elected a new government yesterday, and as far as carbon pricing is concerned, change is afoot. The province’s cap-and-trade system is working well, but the incoming Progressive Conservatives have signaled their discontent with the status quo. In this blog, we’ll look at their options—everything from leaving the WCI entirely to changing how auction revenues […]

Canadian parliament

Why 1.6% matters

Climate and Energy

Canadians have strong moral and economic arguments for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. But how could Canada’s seemingly minor share of global emissions (about 1.6%) possibly be of consequence? What do our actions matter? Quite a bit, actually, and we can slice the data in different ways to show why. The big picture Humanity collectively […]

Opinion: The real costs and benefits of carbon pricing

Climate and Energy

Yes, carbon pricing, like all climate policies, will have economic costs. But that doesn’t mean we should take no policy action. Last week saw lots of talk around the economic costs of carbon pricing. In one sense, that’s appropriate. In fact, policy costs are exactly why economists like carbon pricing—because it can reduce greenhouse gas […]