Key findings report for the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change and Public Policy Forum – Sustainable Prosperity Survey of Canadian Public Opinion on Climate Change
Existing taxes on fossil fuels act as implicit carbon taxes, though current tax rates in most OECD countries are inversely related to the carbon content of fuels. By not linking the current tax rate and the carbon content of the fuel, it implicitly encourages the consumption of carbon-intensive fuels, which is not aligned with broader stated government environmental, fairness and efficiency objectives.
CivicAction (Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance), in preparation for the Greater Toronto Summit 2011, has released this publication for the "Transportation and Infrastructure" Working Group.
It is commonly believed that energy and carbon intensive industries in Canada are uniformly opposed to carbon pricing since they would incur the highest costs of the policy. However, research on the policy preferences of these industries shows that not only are they largely in favour of carbon pricing; but they are more concerned about policy uncertainty than cost minimization.
Greening Greater Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) have collaborated to produce this independent analysis, which builds on Greening Greater Toronto’s 2008 environmental report, and on TRCA’s watershed report cards.
The Sustainable Prosperity/Pembina report “Putting Transportation on Track in the GTHA” provides the most up-to-date, independently researched data directly comparing road and rail emissions (for both passenger and freight transportation).
This SP Policy Brief speaks to Canada’s Federal and provincial fiscal positions, which have worsened in recent years due to the need for massive stimulus spending to support the economy in the wake of the global financial crisis.
State of Knowledge Report by Nic Rivers (School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University) on the distributional impacts of carbon policies in Canada.
A background report by Kaija Belfry Munroe (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia) publishes the findings of a two-year study into business preferences for climate change instruments in Canada. Surprisingly, the study found that the business community in Canada is in favour of a price on carbon.
Sustainable Prosperity welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) 2010 discussion paper on Revenue Options, and commends the GNWT for its commitment to engagement and consultation on a possible carbon tax – an issue of critical importance to the territory’s economic, environmental, and social future.