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TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling (2nd L) announces the Energy East Pipeline during a news conference in Calgary, Alberta, August 1, 2013.
TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling (2nd L) announces the Energy East Pipeline during a news conference in Calgary, Alberta, August 1, 2013.
(TODD KOROL/REUTERS)

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Taxes, pipelines and an oil intervention - letters to the ROB editor

Tax consumption, not production

Re The sensible middle in the climate debate (Dec. 30)

Taxing carbon is a very complex matter and should not be reduced to the simple concept of “polluters pay.” This is a tax on production, and more thoughtful economists will argue that any such tax should be on consumption, including exports of polluting materials or any goods that have emissions content. We would then have a tax that would affect global emissions, whereas a unilateral tax on production would not.