British Columbia passed a Province-wide carbon tax in 2008 and raised the tax rate yearly through 2012 to its present rate of $CAN30/tonne. They are presently considering expanding the tax further. There has been widespread public support for the tax. Meanwhile, across the border in Washington State, several attempts to implement carbon tax or carbon cap and trade are underway. Governor Inslee's preferred Carbon Pollution Accountability Act did not get out of Senate Committee and CarbonWA has secured the signatures needed to get it's version of the BC carbon tax onto the Washington ballot in November 2016. Meanwhile, other policy actions are also afoot.
This research examines how cross-border sharing of information, argumentation, and persuasion influence policy making in each place.
April 2016: Presented out findings at the Salish Sea Environmental Conference (see below, to right).
March 2016: We are deeply engaged in coding reports and interviewing key actors. We are using the web-based coding program called dedoose.com, which allows each of us to code documents independently.
January 2016: We will be presenting our work at the Salish Sea Conference in Vancouver this April. Meantime, we will soon have descriptive write-ups of carbon policy case studies for Washington and British Columbia.
December 2015: Jones and Neale present a progress report to the Border Policy Research Center on Dec 9th. Download the PPT (see box on right).
November 2015: Received our Human Subjects approval.
October 2015: Established google drive site with collection of documents and lists of policy actors. Reading lots... talking weekly...
September 2015: We have hired Stefanie Neale, a Huxley graduate student and Will Jones, Economics undergraduate student to work on this project. We are presently gathering background information on the tax in BC, and the different initiatives underway in Washington.
Publications and Reports
PPT of our quarterly progress report available for download here:
Stefanie Neale and Will Jones presented our results at the Salish Sea Environmental Conference in Vancouver 13 April 2016