In reading this one would think that we are on the verge of the next great ponzi scheming structured financing debacle,
The next big scam: carbon dioxide
In referring to the $7.4-billion in fraud that have occurred in the last 18 months in the EU’s carbon market: “It is clear that [carbon trading] fraudsters are fully aware [...]
Carbon tariffs are trade distorting period. They help those that may need help due to relative product price differences attributable to carbon pricing. But all others are worse off, and the economic models show that welfare is always decreased.
So, when I see this I cringe.
We need another carbon tariff
…We don’t [...]
My attention turned to perverse subsides recently for a number of reasons (see here).
Subsidies are obviously a bad thing, especially if they promote more of something we are spending cash to reduce. In Canada when one thinks of fossil fuel subsidies, one thinks oil and gas. Pembina has done a lot of work [...]
I have been wrestling on a daily basis about not killing the carbon tax by taking the low road and supporting an upstream cap and trade system for emissions from buildings, transport and manufacturing. UCT essentially assigns caps to fuel wholesalers who then simply pass on the value of purchased permits downstream to fuel [...]
Ok, I have been traveling and talking climate policy for over a week now, and in talking (ok too much for some) and reading and thinking about this post-election phase, I have just one thing to say….
Tax, tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax
There I said it. And boy it feels good. [...]
Retail politics is about selling multi-colored sweaters (or targeted policies) to all kinds of folks, given wide-ranging preferences. Some had said that this election was the death of retail politics in Canada, especially when the Prime Minister started to slip in the polls due to his non-response to the financial meltdown. The [...]
The Economist has an article on why Prime Minister Harper deserves a second mandate, but not a majority (here). Two ideas support this:
One a majority is not warranted for his stand on climate policy:
Simply to rubbish this [Dion’s carbon tax] as a “crazy” idea that would “screw everybody”, as Mr. Harper has done, [...]
Ok, so the Conservative Plan is good for oil sands and the Liberal plan is not. This must be the case because the National Post says so:
..his (Dion) “Green Shift” carbon-tax scheme is, by itself, enough to persuade us that he is the wrong man to be running this country. As our [...]
Now for those of you who have spent anytime at a University know, the best definition for the institution is a group of anarchists who share a common parking lot. Generally, these are the folks who eviscerate first and argue points of fact later. This is why an open letter supporting a carbon [...]
If one looks back over the carbon policy discussions in Canada credit for early action figures prominently. Simply, under cap and trade, some argue that they should receive credit for action initiated in the lead-up to implementation. The core argument is that in expectation of a future carbon constraint, early action was undertaken [...]