The British Columbia Carbon Tax: A Failed Experiment in Market-Based Solutions to Climate Change

British Columbia’s carbon tax has been held up as a climate success, but an analysis of the province’s emissions under the tax tells another story. One key finding: During the years that the tax was in place for the entire year, from 2009 to 2014, greenhouse gas emissions from taxed sources rose by a total of 4.3 percent. During this same time period, emissions from non-taxed sources fell by a total of 2.1 percent.

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