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Less can be more when it comes to reducing carbon emissions

By Christopher Ragan, Preston Manning      

Unnecessarily expensive environmental policies drive a wedge between environment and economy, reinforcing the false idea that one comes at the expense of the other.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna should realize that when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases, sometime less regulation does more, writes Preston Manning and Christopher Ragan. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

As you might have heard, Canada is in the midst of a national conversation on climate policies and carbon pricing. To be clear, pricing carbon is a good idea. But here’s an important, though oft-missed, part of the story: smarter climate policy isn’t always just about more policy. It can also be about less. In pursuit of our climate goals, governments must also consider the costs at which they are achieved. That means that policies that have proven

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