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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley learns to make coffee on an espresso maker at a small business, in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley learns to make coffee on an espresso maker at a small business, in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Alberta premier starts sales pitch on carbon tax that will raise gas, heat costs

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley began selling her new carbon levy in a speech today to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Notley says the fee will be an incentive for both consumers and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.

The fee takes effect on Jan. 1 and will raise the price of gasoline at the pumps along with heating bills.

 The cost to the average household is expected to be $338 dollars in 2017 and $508 the year after that.However, anyone making less than about $51,000 a year will be exempt, a figure that the government says means six out of 10 households will receive full rebates to cover the added costs.

The province expects to raise $274 million in this fiscal year and $1.7 billion the year after that, with the money used for green programs and initiatives.

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