The Saskatchewan government’s recent Climate Change White Paper presents an incomplete analysis of the impact of carbon pricing on Saskatchewan. That is the conclusion of Environmental Economist Dr. Brett Dolter in A Response to Saskatchewan’s Climate Change White Paper. A joint publication of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the report illustrates how the government has been too focused on the costs of a carbon price without considering the beneficial uses of the revenues. Furthermore, the White Paper ignores the possibility of a cap-and-trade approach to carbon pricing, and fails to explore hybrid approaches which could be beneficial for Saskatchewan.
Brett Dolter is an economist specializing in climate and energy policy research. He has published in journals such as Energy Policy and Ecological Economics. He is the Vice-President of Research and Education for the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. Prior to his PhD studies Brett worked as a senior policy analyst for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. Brett is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Environment.