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Economic Note showing how imposing a price on carbon through cap-and-trade will have a negligible effect on GHG emissions, but a significant impact on the economy
A carbon market, like a carbon tax, aims to modify behaviours in order to reduce GHG emissions by setting a price for them. Although such mechanisms are regularly mentioned in the news, their economic consequences are less often discussed, to say nothing of their effectiveness. Does imposing a price on carbon always reduce emissions, or does it instead displace them, along with the accompanying economic activity? In the two scenarios examined here, the effect on GHG emissions would be negligible, but the economic impact would be significant.
13 June 2018June 13, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
The investments of the Caisse de depot et placement in the oil sector.
14 May 2018May 14, 2018
Toronto Sun, p. 16
Opposition to carbon taxation is growing.
11 April 2018April 11, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Opposition to carbon taxation is growing.
5 April 2018April 5, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
Subsidies for electric vehicles.
19 March 2018March 19, 2018
Huffington Post Québec, p. web
The Trans Mountain project involved in a trade dispute.
20 February 2018February 20, 2018
Vancouver Sun, p. web
The Trans Mountain project involved in a trade dispute.
9 February 2018February 9, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
The ambitious goal of reducing Québec's greenhouse gas emissions.
13 January 2018January 13, 2018

November 28, 2017 | 11 min. 17 sec. | Bouchard en parle (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about a call for boycott against Petro-Canada.

28 November 2017November 28, 2017
Toronto Sun, p. 10 / Ottawa Sun, p. 8
Eliminating electricity production from coal.
26 November 2017November 26, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Eliminating electricity production from coal.
16 November 2017November 16, 2017
www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, p. web
The notion of social acceptability needs to be better defined.
9 November 2017November 9, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Energy investment is booming in the United States.
31 October 2017October 31, 2017

October 19, 2017 | 8 min. 24 sec. | Radio-Canada International

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about a Research Paper analyzing Canada’s position relative to the U.S. in the oil and gas sector, in order to assess the dangers that could emerge in terms of competitiveness.

Related Content: Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector at Risk? How Excessive Taxes and Regulations Undermine Our Competitiveness

19 October 2017October 19, 2017
Research Paper analyzing Canada’s position relative to the U.S. in the oil and gas sector, in order to assess the dangers that could emerge in terms of competitiveness
Canada’s oil and natural gas sector is currently going through hard times. Donald Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly promised to improve the business environment in the United States by reducing the tax and regulatory burden, especially as it affects this sector. As Canada’s competitiveness in oil and gas development depends almost entirely on its position relative to that of its powerful neighbour, it is important to understand what is going on right now in the United States and the effects of U.S. policy on our economy.
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The Quebec Government's Green Fund is an enormous waste of money.
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
Toronto Sun, p. web
Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector at Risk?
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
Le Droit, p. web
Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector at Risk?
19 October 2017October 19, 2017
National Post, p. FP11
Ecologists and the emergence of an oil and gas industry in Quebec.
28 September 2017September 28, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Ecologists and the emergence of an oil and gas industry in Quebec.
25 September 2017September 25, 2017
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The AVÉQ vs. electric vehicle subsidies.
3 August 2017August 3, 2017
www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, p. web
Electric vehicle subsidies.
1 August 2017August 1, 2017
Le Soleil, p. 29
Electric vehicle subsidies.
30 July 2017July 30, 2017

July 26, 2017 | 9 min. 50 sec. | Maurais Live (CHOI-FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

26 July 2017July 26, 2017

July 25, 2017 | 37 min. 22 sec. | Duhaime le midi (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

25 July 2017July 25, 2017

July 25, 2017 | 29 min. 4 sec. | Martin Pouliot à BLVD (BLVD 102.1 FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

25 July 2017July 25, 2017

July 25, 2017 | 4 min. 21 sec. | Puisqu'il faut se lever (98,5FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles and its impact on the prices of conventional vehicles.

Related Content: Electric Vehicle Sales Quotas: A Tax in Disguise

25 July 2017July 25, 2017
Viewpoint showing how the requirement to sell more electric and hybrid vehicles will raise the prices of conventional vehicles
The Quebec government has set itself the ambitious task of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 37.5% below their 1990 levels by 2030. In order to reach this target, important policy efforts have been devoted to the transportation sector, which accounts for 43% of total emissions. At the forefront of such efforts are electric vehicle subsidies. But starting with their 2018 models, carmakers will now also be faced with electric and hybrid vehicle sales quotas. This is a tax in all but name, which will disproportionately increase prices of conventional vehicles.
25 July 2017July 25, 2017
Montreal Gazette, p. A06
Electric vehicle subsidies.
25 July 2017July 25, 2017

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