Andrew Coyne: Carbon pricing is cheapest way to reduce emissions but political cost is too high

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By Andrew Coyne, Ottawa Citizen, September 21, 2016

The Liberal government will, we are told, ratify the Paris climate accord, together with its commitments for reductions in carbon emissions, in time for the next UN climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the first week of November, though it has yet to reach an agreement with the provinces on how to implement it.

Perhaps this is not the obstacle it appears, as the minister of the environment seemed to suggest in an interview over the weekend: either the provinces agree to introduce some form of carbon pricing on their own, or the feds will impose it on them. They’ll make them a commitment they can’t refuse.

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