Laser Talk

Laser Talk

  • LASER TALK: Balancing the Budget, Social Concerns, and the Climate

    December 1, 2018

    Governments have the difficult yet doable task of balancing the budget, the climate crisis and social concerns. The Liberal Government is not on track to balancing our budget (1, 2). As well, despite signing the Paris Accord and having a national carbon pricing policy, Canada’s climate targets are still…

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    Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada
  • LASER TALK: Pembina Simulator Finds Pricing Pollution Core Component of Cost-Effective Climate Plan

    October 21, 2018

    The take-home message in working with the Pembina policy simulator is that, in agreement with the consensus of climate change economists, carbon pricing is an essential core component of a cost-effective climate plan.

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    Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada
  • Laser Talk: Fossil Fuel Subsidies and the G7/G20

    September 19, 2018

    Despite some reforms in recent years, Canada is still the largest provider of fossil fuel subsidies to oil and gas production in the G7 per unit of GDP 2018 according to the September 2018 report: Public Cash for Oil and Gas: Mapping federal fiscal support for fossil fuels

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    Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada
  • LASER TALK:  Big Oil in the USA Wants a Carbon Price

    May 27, 2018

    BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell are founding corporate members of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). The CLC is a policy institute that is actively lobbying Congress in the US to pass legislation for immediate implementation of a $40 per tonne carbon fee that would be applied to fossil fuels that rises…

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    Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada
  • Laser Talk: The Impact of Climate Change on Wildfires in Canada

    March 4, 2018

    Recently, we have seen several catastrophic wildfires in Canada, all following unusually hot and dry conditions. Examples include the Slave Lake (2011) and Fort McMurray (2016) fires in Alberta and the British Columbia wildfire season in 2017. Such fires have huge impacts on people’s livelihoods and health. For…

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  • Laser Talk: Complementary Policies to Carbon Pricing

    February 22, 2018

    Even when there appears to be a clear rationale for a complementary policy, however, it is only worth proceeding if the policy is well designed and cost-effective.  For example, the Ecofiscal analysis found electric vehicle (EV) subsidies in Quebec were costly and had little effect on demand, whereas regulated quotas for…

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