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Ontario lawyers go head-to-head with Ottawa in second carbon price lawsuit

Published 21:25 on April 18, 2019  /  Last updated at 01:45 on April 19, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Ontario lawyers argued this week during a second provincial lawsuit against the Canadian federal government’s ‘backstop’ carbon pricing mechanism that Ottawa does not have the authority to impose its CO2 levy and large emitter programme on provinces.

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Alberta’s UCP wins election, ending NDP carbon tax and setting up another Canadian climate policy showdown

Published 07:22 on April 17, 2019  /  Last updated at 00:17 on April 18, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) and leader Jason Kenney were elected in a landslide victory in the Canadian province on Tuesday, ending the ruling NDP’s two-year old carbon pricing programme and setting up multiple battles with the federal government over the party’s pledged climate policy rollbacks.

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Microsoft doubles internal CO2 price, joins conservative climate group

Published 21:37 on April 16, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:37 on April 16, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, International, US  /  No Comments

US tech giant Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will nearly double its internal carbon price to further its GHG reduction goals, while also joining a Republican-backed organisation advocating for a nationwide CO2 tax.

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FEATURE: Alberta election stoking uncertainty for province’s offset industry

Published 10:25 on April 15, 2019  /  Last updated at 17:53 on April 15, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Offset market participants and developers are closely monitoring the outcome of Alberta’s Apr. 16 election, as a victory by the opposition and poll-leading United Conservative Party (UCP) could dramatically alter the landscape of the Canadian province’s decade-old industry.

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US Carbon Pricing Roundup for week ending Apr. 12, 2019

Published 18:05 on April 12, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:13 on April 12, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A summary of legislative and regulatory action on carbon pricing and clean energy at the US state level taken this week, including Washington state’s 100% clean electricity bill, Hawaiian carbon tax proposals, New Hampshire legislation to codify the post-2020 RGGI Model Rule, the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s decision on a hydroelectric transmission line, and a Maryland Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) proposal.

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Environmental groups stepping up for crucial Canadian carbon tax lawsuit

Published 23:13 on April 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:13 on April 11, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Green groups are again preparing numerous arguments to support the Canadian federal government’s ability to impose its ‘backstop’ CO2 pricing plan on recalcitrant provinces as Ontario’s court challenge starts Monday.

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Canadian government sets up independent climate watchdog

Published 23:01 on April 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 01:09 on April 10, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

The Canadian government announced Tuesday the creation of an independent climate institute to deliver advice and analysis on clean growth and emissions reduction strategies, including carbon pricing.

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Canadian ‘backstop’ C$20 carbon tax kicks in, BC levy rises to C$40

Published 21:30 on April 1, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:41 on April 1, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Four Canadian provinces that resisted the federal government’s carbon pricing mandate became subject to Ottawa’s ‘backstop’ CO2 levy on fossil fuels on Monday, as the British Columbia government raised its existing carbon tax rate.

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UPDATE – Alberta opposition party pledges to weaken large emitter programme, eliminate climate plan

Published 22:26 on March 31, 2019  /  Last updated at 19:13 on April 1, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Alberta’s poll-leading United Conservative Party (UCP) has pledged to soften the performance standards and excess emissions charge that make up the Canadian province’s pricing system for large installations, as well as scrap the ruling NDP’s climate plan that provides the basis for multiple other GHG reduction and clean energy goals.

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US Carbon Pricing Roundup for week ending Mar. 29, 2019

Published 20:59 on March 29, 2019  /  Last updated at 00:35 on March 30, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A summary of legislative action on carbon pricing and clean energy bills at the US state level taken this week, including the passage of a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in Puerto Rico, an agreement between Hawaii and California to promote offsets, and California utility commission meetings to discuss alternatives to utility Pacific Gas & Electric’s ownership.

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