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.”