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5 Questions for Richard Lipsey: putting the market to work for the environment

Climate and Energy Pollution Water

“If you put two economists in a room, you get two opinions, unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three.” So said Winston Churchill. So what happens when you put 12 leading economists in a room and ask them to focus on one of the biggest challenges of our time: […]

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Tossing it out of sight, out of mind

Livable Cities

The following is the waste excerpt from The Policy Opportunity of Our Generation: Ecofiscal Reform in Canada’s Provinces and Cities, published in Public Sector Digest, February 2015, and made available online January 15th. This is the final of a four-part blog series that highlights how ecofiscal policies can help cities and provinces conserve water, fight […]

The sensible middle in the climate change debate: carbon pricing

The sensible middle in the climate change debate

Climate and Energy Pollution

This Economy Lab, Report on Business piece by Chris Ragan originally appeared in the Globe and Mail on December 30, 2014 An overwhelming scientific consensus holds that the rising atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases is changing the global climate and presenting humanity with enormous challenges. This consensus also holds that climate change is largely driven […]

This is a debate worth having: A response to Andrew Jackson

Climate and Energy Technology and Innovation

Earlier this week, Andrew Jackson, senior policy advisor to the Broadbent Institute, wrote a thoughtful and constructively critical analysis of the Ecofiscal Commission’s first report. My first response is: thank you, Andrew. Jackson’s piece epitomizes the much-needed evolution of the debate around climate policy in Canada. It moves us squarely to the discussion we should […]

Polluter Pay, Not Tax Cuts


Check out Andrew Jackson’s full article and Chris Ragan’s response. Progressives will welcome the launch of the Commission, which has put polluter pay squarely at the heart of the policy agenda, and may break a taboo when it comes to talking about pricing carbon. But the first discussion paper shows excessive faith in the power […]

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