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Op-ed: The federal government's carbon pricing plan will eliminate Alberta's hard-earned climate gains

An op-ed from AEN member Dr. Joe Vipond on the federal government's proposed carbon-pricing policy for the electricity sector:

Sadly, the current federal pricing plan will eliminate many of these gains, and likely make things even worse. Climate and health will once again be jeopardized by coal combustion, at a time when cheap, emission-free alternatives exist. We need to embrace the future of climate action, not cling desperately to the past.

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Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

“Monsanto papers” suggest some studies Canada used to okay glyphosate use were biased

OTTAWA – With the recent revelation that Monsanto allegedly manipulated studies on glyphosate, health and environmental groups are calling on the federal government to carefully consider the notorious “Monsanto papers” as it deliberates the future of the chemical’s use in Canada.

“Some of the studies and publications Health Canada relied on to approve the continued use of glyphosate in Canada have been implicated in alleged misconduct by the chemical giant, Monsanto,” said Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Healthy Communities director at Ecojustice. “The question now is whether Canada will choose to turn a blind eye to this fact and continue to rely on this research to justify exposing Canadians to products that could cause cancer.” Read more about Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

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Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future.

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Op-ed: Why a price on carbon pollution is good for Canadians

By Josha MacNab

Published in iPolitics (November 1, 2018).

Every so often, a commitment is made that sets a new course and drives Canada forward.

This is the kind of commitment we saw last week when the federal government announced that Canada will put a price on pollution as of Jan. 1, 2019 — a milestone worth celebrating toward the implementation of Canada’s comprehensive plan to tackle climate change. Read more about Op-ed: Why a price on carbon pollution is good for Canadians

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Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

On the eve of a deadline for a federal update on woodland caribou habitat protection, and a major caribou scientific conference, Alberta is still without plans to reach minimum habitat requirements for its threatened woodland caribou populations. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly urges the Alberta government to adopt the solutions that have been identified to both recover caribou and provide community economic benefits. Read more about Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

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New methane reductions funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good start

Pembina Institute reacts to new Government of Alberta methane reductions program

CALGARY — Jan Gorski, responsible fossil fuels analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of a new methane emissions reduction program in Alberta: Read more about New methane reductions funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good start

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Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation. Read more about Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

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The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

Pembina Institute reacts to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan: Read more about The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

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Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

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Call for low-cost solar power is a smart move

Pembina Institute reacts to the Government of Alberta’s RFP for solar producers

Calgary—Sara Hastings-Simon, Managing Director, Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta government's recent announcement: Read more about Call for low-cost solar power is a smart move

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