Not everyone in Saskatchewan is virulently opposed to the carbon tax.
As a matter of fact, some people want to discuss the merits of implementing one here in the province.
During the 87th Congress in the Queen City, a forum about carbon pricing was discussed in great deal. One of the people speaking about the tax was Brett Dolter, a research fellow from the University of Regina.
“We know if we put carbon tax in place in Saskatchewan, every $10/tonne is going to mean 2.2 cents/litre on gasoline,” he said. “We know it’s going to mean higher natural gas costs when you heat your house. We know it’s going to mean industry is going to face costs.”
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Dolter noted though, many people aren’t aware or haven’t recognized the money collected through a carbon tax goes back to the government.
“Unless we burn that money on the steps of the Legislative building, we’re going to have it for other purposes.”
One of those purposes includes investing in more efficient and low emissions technologies.
“Say we bring in $1.3 billion once the carbon tax is at $50/tonne,” he said. “We could use that to build another Boundary Dam, Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage is $1.5 billion. So, one year, you’ve then paid off Boundary Dam and you’ve kept that from impacting electricity rates.”
Also discussed was the framing of a government’s argument on the carbon tax, whether they were in favour of it or not.
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One of the speakers, Garrett Richards addressed that topic head on, noting it’s important people carefully analyze people’s wording to get a clearer picture.
“If you really want to understand something generally, being able to look past the rhetoric or the strategies that are used by those actors can help you to get a better sense of what’s really going on,” he said.
Richards acknowledge on a polarizing issue, it can be hard to study it objectively. As a result, those wishing to learn more about the issue to consider more accurate and well-researched perspectives, while each sources respective interests.