2016-10-03. In a dramatic move, Trudeau says Canada will put a price on carbon.

posted Oct 8, 2016, 12:55 PM by Alan Gould

By Wayne Kondro, Science Insider (AAAS). For GSS Energy Use chapter 10 and Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: Having campaigned on a promise to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today took a step toward that goal by announcing that his government will impose a pan-Canadian price on carbon, even if that means he must trample on reluctant provincial governments. But some critics say Trudeau’s move doesn’t go far enough, and three top provincial environment ministers protested the decision by walking out of a high-level meeting today. With federal, provincial, and territorial environment ministers meeting in Montreal, Canada, to hammer out a national carbon reduction plan, Trudeau dropped a bombshell on their negotiations. He announced to the House of Commons that Ottawa will impose a $7.62 per metric ton minimum tax on carbon commencing in 2018, which will rise by $7.62 each year until it reaches $38.11 per metric ton in 2022. ...British Columbia and Alberta have already introduced modest carbon taxes; Ontario and Quebec have embryonic cap-and-trade systems that allow polluters to buy and sell a limited number of emissions permits....  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/dramatic-move-trudeau-says-canada-will-put-price-carbon