Type: Public event

Carbon Pricing Canada Style: Pricing carbon in a post-Paris, Trump era


Erick Lachapelle, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal

Date & time

Oct 4, 2017, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom 1110
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109


Free and open to the public (pizza lunch provided)

About the lecture: Can a carbon price survive in a highly decentralized, fossil-fuel producing nation that is tightly integrated with the economy of the United States? Against the backdrop of worldwide interest in carbon pricing as a way to meet commitments made in Paris, and in the context of a Trump presidency, this talk examines the history, origins and prospects of carbon pricing in Canada. The talk will focus on recent efforts at developing a national carbon price framework at the federal level, the challenges now facing the current federal government as it moves toward implementation, and the prospects for carbon pricing in the future. Specific attention will be paid to the role of recalcitrant provinces, a divided public, and the influence of political developments in the United States. The talk will also explore key controversies over carbon pricing, and highlight potential lessons from the Canadian experience.

Erick Lachapelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal where he teaches courses on international environmental politics, comparative public policy and research methods. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto where he completed his dissertation entitled, Energy Security and Climate Change Policy in the OECD: The Political Economy of Carbon Energy Taxation. Author of two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Erick is the lead researcher for the Canadian Surveys on Energy and the Environment, and is also a Research Partner with EcoAnalytics. His research examines the politics of climate change and energy policy, environmental public opinion, risk perception, and political communication around climate policy and the transition toward a clean economy from both a comparative and international perspective.

Sponsored by: University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

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