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Facing climate change, head on

By Senator Paul J. Massicotte      

The government's carbon pricing plan is flexible enough to avoid harming sensitive industries and consumers.

The Rankin Inlet diesel power station in Nunavut. The federal carbon pricing plan could allow northern residents and others with little alternative to high-emissions energy sources to be reimbursed for any additional costs that result. Photograph by Janne Wallenius, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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We are past debating it: climate change is real, and it’s arguably the greatest threat facing the world today. Countries have finally started taking measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But this is just a start. As part of its commitments under the Paris agreement, the federal government has announced it will begin pricing carbon emissions in 2018 and will also need to introduce additional industry-specific measures and consumer regulations. In a market economy like Canada’s, pricing carbon

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