The director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy suggests Saskatchewan's government focus on various options to combat climate change, rather than fighting a carbon tax.
Jeremy Rayner was one of four University of Saskatchewan and Regina professors who wrote a research paper on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, finding that there isn't a clear-cut solution to reducing carbon levels. Rayner says there will be an impact on jobs and there would likely be an impact on electricity rates, but the impact could be reduced if the province considers three options to police carbon levels. He says the province should consider the carbon tax of 50 dollars a tonne in 2022, but should also consider a cap and trade system for some sectors, where entities that emit more than 50-thousand tonnes of greenhouse gas would face regulatory restrictions. And Rayner also suggests a combination of low or no-nuclear technologies, like nuclear, solar, wind and geo-thermal, could be used for electrical generation. With the vote to determine who will replace Premier Brad Wall as leader of the Saskatchewan Party in January, Rayner suggests a platform focusing on various policies to fight climate change could be a breakthrough moment for a leadership candidate.