More support for some sort of carbon tax arrived today -- this time, in a report from the Conference Board of Canada. It argues that greenhouse gas emissions should no longer be free. Industries and consumers should pay a price for them -- high enough to change behaviour and encourage development of new emissions-cutting technologies.
Presumably, it would make all the things we're discussing in this blog a lot more attractive, since there'd be bigger savings from doing them.
So, the list of conventional, business-related groups that favour green taxes continues to grow. Politically, though, only the Green Party has a strong, specific policy about them.
The Conferemce Board proposal calls, as most others do, for measures to offset the tax, basically making it revenue neutral by cutting other taxes, special transfers to Alberta and other provinces that would take a financial hit, and subsidies to help low-income people.
We'd like to know what you think: Are green taxes a good way to get lower emissions?