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Opinion: Canada’s wisest policy: stealing policies from other countries
AUGUST 11, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by CHRIS RAGAN, director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Putting a price on pollution works around the world. It’s about time Canada stole another good policy idea.

Canada has a rich tradition of thievery – and it’s a good thing we do. Much of our success comes from adopting sound policies that have already proven successful elsewhere.

We implemented employment insurance in 1935, a full 15 years after it was introduced in Britain. We achieved universal health care in the early 1970s, a decade after many European countries. We adopted the GST 25 years ago, following a global trend toward “value-added taxes” that was already mature by the time we came on the scene.

The same is true of carbon pricing. It may be a contentious policy in Canada today, but there is nothing Canadian about carbon pricing; we introduced it here precisely because it works so well in other countries.
Canada  carbon_pricing  environment  policymaking  carbon  carbon_credits  carbon_tax  thievery  theft 
august 2019 by jerryking
No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy. - NYTimes.com
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: March 9, 2013

If Keystone gets approved, environmentalists should have a long shopping list ready, starting with a price signal that discourages the use of carbon-intensive fuels in favor of low-carbon energy. Nothing would do more to clean our air, drive clean-tech innovation, weaken petro-dictators and reduce the deficit than a carbon tax.... Finally, the president could make up for Keystone by introducing into the public discourse the concept of “natural infrastructure,” argues Mark Tercek, the president and chief executive of The Nature Conservancy, and the co-author of “Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.”

“Forests, wetlands and other ecosystems are nature’s infrastructure for controlling floods, supplying water, and doing other things we need to adapt to climate change.
Tom_Friedman  climate_change  books  nature  hydraulic_fracturing  petro-dictators  petro-politics  natural_gas  Keystone_XL  pricing  carbon_tax  public_discourse  natural_infrastructure 
march 2013 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributor - Red China, Green China - NYTimes.com
May 6, 2010 | New York Times | By BRUCE USHER. "The country is
missing a key ingredient in shaping an effective clean-tech policy: the
political will to encourage the innovation, manufacturing and
investment necessary to bring these new technologies to market. And the
longer America drags its feet, the more it cedes this enormous potential
source of national wealth to the only other country able to capture it —
China...the Senate energy bill, at a minimum, needs to take aggressive
action on the three following points:

(1), institute national feed-in tariffs or a renewable portfolio
standard; (2) establish a price on carbon via either a tax or a
cap-and-trade program to encourage low-carbon technologies; (3) get
serious about supporting the research and development of carbon capture
and storage, and maintain America’s lead in a field that offers enormous
opportunity but is too large for any one company to finance.
industrial_policies  cleantech  alternative_energy  China  U.S.  political_will  cap-and-trade  carbon_tax 
may 2010 by jerryking

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