How Alberta Overcame Discord to Enact Carbon Tax

How Alberta Overcame Discord to Enact Carbon Tax

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Gilbert E. Metcalf
February 14, 2017

The only people not surprised when political parties, oil companies, and environmentalists came together to implement Alberta’s carbon tax were the Albertans themselves. 

In January 2017 Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta took the unprecedented step of instituting a carbon tax.  Combined with a cap on greenhouse emissions from the Oil Sands, the bulk of the province’s economy is now party to one of the most encompassing efforts to date in North America to address global warming.

Alberta’s senior diplomatic representative to the United States, Gitane De Silva, talks about the province’s climate goals and the process by which Albertan industry, environmentalists, and government found common ground to get the tax passed.

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