Federal carbon tax a cash grab that could damage the economy

Carbon taxes largely function as energy taxes to generate a new source of revenues for cash-hungry governments

Federal carbon tax a cash grab that could damage the economyAccording to a report in the Globe and Mail, Finance Canada is quietly promoting the idea of a federal carbon tax, or at least, a minimum carbon price, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as Canada has pledged to do in last December’s Paris Agreement. The problem is, Canada’s track record at implanting economically…

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan a recipe for failure

Huge cost to Ontarians, with very little benefit to the environment

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan a recipe for failureBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Over the past decade, Ontario’s economy has underperformed compared to the rest of Canada. Misguided policy choices, including tax increases and significant debt growth due to unsustainable spending increases, have contributed significantly to the province’s underperformance. The latest policy blow to Ontario’s economy comes from…

Trump needs to recognize a ‘better’ deal when he sees one

Keystone XL is already a good deal for the U.S.

Trump needs to recognize a ‘better’ deal when he sees oneBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute From a Canadian perspective, Donald Trump’s recent energy policy speech was both interesting and troubling. On one hand, Trump’s commitment to approve the Keystone XL pipeline – a key piece of continental energy infrastructure that became an unfortunate victim of political posturing – is a…

Alberta’s carbon tax a $10 billion green grab

Alberta's new climate plan is a $6 billion tax grab that will be used to fund a giant green energy spending spree over five years

Alberta’s carbon tax a $10 billion green grabIf anyone thought that Alberta’s climate action plan was actually about protecting the climate, Bill 20, recently introduced by Alberta’s environment minister, should lay that idea to rest. As the Globe and Mail reported, the budget tabled by the Alberta government in April forecast revenues from the carbon levy of $9.8 billion over five years.…

Ontario’s Climate Action Plan undermines case for cap and trade

Carbon pricing is theoretically the best way to reduce emissions but only if distortive regulations and subsidies are eliminated

Ontario’s Climate Action Plan undermines case for cap and tradeBy Ben Eisen and and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Proponents of carbon taxes and cap and trade schemes often defend their position on the grounds that simply attaching a “price” to carbon is the most economically efficient way to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs). They argue it is less economically damaging to simply…

Houston provides affordable housing example for Vancouver

Reducing red tape allows for innovative solutions to housing for growing populations, ultimately lowering housing costs

Houston provides affordable housing example for VancouverBy Kenneth P. Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute A recent Wall Street Journal article featured a number of cities that stand out, giving well-deserved praise to Vancouver’s walkable urban landscape. But while Vancouver continues to become even more pedestrian friendly, a much bigger problem is going unsolved. Growing housing costs are…

Gloomy report misrepresents Canada’s environmental performance

Contrary to the Conference Board report, Canada’s environmental performance is one of the country’s great success stories

Gloomy report misrepresents Canada’s environmental performanceIt would hardly be an Earth Day (which took place last week) without the publication of a new report damning Canadians as environmental laggards. In prior years, these reports would have come from the Suzuki Foundation. But this year, the Conference Board of Canada has taken on the role of Canada’s environmental scold, with their…

Alberta budget confirms ‘revenue recycling’ code for tax and spend

Any conceivable tax increase is revenue recycling if the money is used to fund anything the government deems an “investment” in Albertans

Alberta budget confirms ‘revenue recycling’ code for tax and spendBy Ben Eisen and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Last autumn, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley claimed that her government’s proposed carbon tax plan would be revenue neutral. This claim was widely discredited by economists who noted that the term “revenue neutral” means that every dollar collected by a new tax must be returned to the…

B.C.’s LNG export dreams may be over

May miss out on supplying liquefied natural gas to Asian and global markets because of opposition and delays in the approval process

B.C.’s LNG export dreams may be overBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Amidst a global glut of natural gas, and implacable opposition from environmentalists and some First Nations leaders, British Columbia’s dream of exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to world markets is at risk of becoming a pipe dream. New warnings about Canada’s waning potential to export…

Higher energy prices fueling energy poverty in Canada

5 out of the 7 regions measured in a Fraser Institute study had higher percentages of energy poverty in 2013 than they did in 2010

Higher energy prices fueling energy poverty in CanadaBy Kenneth P. Green Taylor Jackson and Ian Herzog The Fraser Institute Energy is more than the fuel of our economic growth. In fact, energy fuels just about all of modern life’s comforts. But energy costs have risen substantially over the last decade, potentially placing a burden on many Canadian households. According to a new…