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Recommendations to weaken the B.C. carbon tax would be a step backwards

Recommendations to weaken the B.C. carbon tax would be a step backwards

By Matt Horne

November 18, 2011

Working on climate change issues can be challenging, especially when you compare what climate scientists say needs to be done with what politicians are (or are not) doing. Tuesday was a particularly challenging day.

That’s when the British Columbia Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services released 75 recommendations for the 2012 B.C. budget. Included in the 75 were five recommendations about B.C.’s carbon tax and cap-and-trade rules that conveyed little interest in building on the positive steps already taken to address climate change in the province.

The most troubling recommendations were capping the carbon tax in July 2012, adding exemptions to its coverage and discontinuing efforts to help with the development of a regional cap-and-trade system.

Collectively, the recommendations ignore the warnings being delivered on an almost daily basis about the havoc climate change is going to wreak on our environment and our economic prosperity, which the Committee says it is trying to improve...

This excerpt was reproduced with permission of the Pembina Institute. Read more on The Pembina Institute’s blog

(Icon photo courtesy of Kevin Sauvé, the Pembina Institute)



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