A greenwashed tax from Quebec

I’d been going to write about Quebec’s tax on oil refiners, which it’s dressed up in green clothes and called a “carbon tax,” but Maclean’s columnist and blogger Andrew Potter (and co-author of The Rebel Sell, one of EcoLibertarian’s founding texts) says just about everything I wanted to say:

Why doesn’t the Quebec government want the tax to be passed on to consumers? After all, if the point is to get people to drive less – that is, consume less fossil fuels – then you should want them to see the tax. If the price of gas at the pump doesn’t change, the tax can’t work to change consumer behaviour, people will have no reason to drive any less than they do now.

Eric de Place rips into it at Gristmill, too.


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