Alberta’s Climate Plan & Carbon Tax

A Burden with No Benefit

We recently offered an information evening where we assessed the Alberta Climate Plan and the proposed carbon tax – which we have determined will be “a burden with no benefit.”

alberta proposed carbon tax cover

Some aspects of carbon tax calculations are complex for the public to understand, therefore we offer a collection of  materials at different levels of complexity.

ab proposed CO2 tax cardThe first is this layman’s overview. Included is a short discussion of the coal phase-out and some of the significant unintended consequences.

LAYMAN Alberta’s Proposed Climate Plan w AUG 09 2016 NEAR FINAL REV

Here is a more complete and more complex powerpoint that was presented at our information night. “Alberta’s Climate Plan.” This presentation also includes climate data that disputes the claims of an increase in extreme weather events. As well, more details and references to the various economic models used to calculate the “Social Costs of Carbon” form part of this presentation.

There is a short written report version that is 8 pages long. Alberta Climate Plan report is  (8 pages)   more technical version with references

For analysts, an even more technical version with references.

McKitrick video clip

Dr. Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph, assisted Friends of Science in compiling a layman’s look at the Social Costs of Carbon.

McKitrick on Climate Change cover

He also did a series of short video clips that discuss costs, benefits, consequences, and perceptions of Social Costs of Carbon.

We hope you find these useful and informative. Please feel free to ask more questions, join our facebook conversation or tweet us!

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  1. renewableguy


    British Columbia has outperformed the rest of the Canadian economy while having an increasing tax on carbon. People invested more in efficiency and used less fossil fuels all the while enjoying a more secure economy.

  2. songhees

    I would like to tell you of my latest book, “Human Caused Global Warming”.
    The Biggest Deception in History.
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  3. Jeffery Green

    Along with health benefits of not burning fossil fuels, there are economic benefits. Most people will get more money back than it costs the individual family to do this.

    Ten things to know about carbon pricing in Alberta

    1. Alberta has had a price on carbon for large industrial emitters since 2007

    2. Alberta’s new carbon levy will apply to transportation and heating fuels on January 1, 2017

    3. British Columbia introduced a revenue-neutral carbon tax in 2008

    4. Alberta’s carbon levy is not revenue neutral, and that’s a good thing

    5. Instead of being revenue neutral, Alberta’s carbon levy revenue will be invested back into the provincial economy

    6. Most Alberta families will receive rebate cheques larger than their increased costs

    7. The carbon levy will not drive investment out of Alberta

    8. Large corporations are in favour of putting a price on carbon

    9. Since the publication of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the federal government has announced a national carbon-pricing plan

    10. The social cost of carbon is much higher than what is accounted for by the governments of Alberta and Canada

  4. Jeffery Green

    Canada can and should do more.

    Please rate the Canadian government’s progress at living up to promises on climate policy.

    Canada’s current government has shown a lot of progress, compared to their predecessors, at having great talking points on climate. But if you measure just their commitments under the Paris agreement to their approval of two tarsands pipelines, support for Keystone XL and approval of a massive LNG facility the math doesn’t add up. A federal coal phase out is great, but when the Kinder Morgan pipeline has the same impact as building 42 new coal fired power plants, the scales don’t balance.

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