Clearing the Air: How carbon pricing helps Canada fight climate change

Submitted by jclifton on 14 May 2018

Clearing the Air: How carbon pricing helps Canada fight climate change is a new report by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Carbon pricing in Canada has gained prominence in the last few months. Despite growing support for carbon pricing in new polling, and consensus amongst economists that carbon pricing is the least-costly way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the public debate is heating up. Debate around policy is necessary and healthy. But too often, the public conversation around carbon pricing seems to be based on misunderstanding rather than evidence.

To clear the air, the Ecofiscal Commission has put together a primer on how carbon pricing works. The report unpacks the evidence. It shows how putting a price on carbon in British Columbia, California and the United Kingdom has reduced emissions while maintaining prosperous economies. It explains how carbon pricing changes the behaviour of citizens and businesses over time by giving them flexibility and choice. And it presents new polling data showing the broad support in Canada for action on climate and carbon pricing in particular.

The Commission recommends that governments should continue to move forward with increasingly stringent carbon pricing policies. They should evaluate the performance of these policies over time and make adjustments as required. And they should endeavour to better communicate the realities of carbon pricing to help all Canadians understand the basics of why carbon pricing works [excerpt from Clearing the Air: How carbon pricing helps Canada fight climate change report Press Release].

Download the report. View the digital essay.