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Why the Ecofiscal Commission and Big Oil are both pushing a carbon tax

By Nick Wright      

Both have floated the idea of ‘recycling’ revenues back to the oil industry.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley had support from several major oil industry players when she announced a carbon pricing plan in 2015. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his own carbon pricing strategy last year. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The carbon tax, once a non-starter with Canada’s oil industry, is now widely supported by its biggest players. The relatively recent about-face culminated in a 2015 industry show of solidarity with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley when she announced Alberta’s carbon tax. Although many received the news positively, some were left scratching their heads. Why did big oil make such a radical shift? A newly released document exposes the plan: big oil is trying to buy the debate and

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