Bad news for Keystone XL – good news for the environment

Last February a flurry of Canadian Politicians descended on Washington DC as part of a campaign to win President Obama’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport bitumen from the tar sands to US Gulf Coast refineries.

One campaigner was Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who often stated she was proud of Alberta’s management of the tar sands environment.  In her words, Alberta was

“. . . the first place in North America to require by law all large industry across all sectors to take action on greenhouse gas emissions. We have a $15 price per ton on carbon for those who do not meet legislated limits. We take the revenue generated from this levy and direct all the money into a clean technology fund. To date Alberta has collected $312 million and has already invested nearly $167 million into 43 clean energy projects. This fund has also allowed our province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 million tons.”

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Write the Premier of Alberta!

We have been requested to circulate a letter to our supporters across Canada that points out the shortfalls of the proposed Alberta Carbon Regime.  The present regime provided for a tax of $12 per ton in excess of specified limits.  The proposed regime increases the tax to $40 and reduces the permissable limits.  But, as …

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Proud of What?

Alison Redford, the Premier of Alberta, has just returned from her Washington visit where she lobbied US politicians and administrators to approve the Keystone Pipeline. She also wrote a column for USA Today  under the caption: Keystone is responsible oil sands development.  In her column she stated:

“I’m proud to say Alberta applauds and shares the President’s strong desire to address climate change and we’re already taking action.”

She used “proud” in connection with Alberta’s record.  Go to the on line version of her comments and see if proud is a word you would have used.

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