OTTAWA — Some common government and industry assumptions about the role of natural gas in combating climate change do not hold up to scrutiny, according to an in-depth study released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute. Read more »
Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel's report:
"The environmental monitoring panel's recommendations are thorough. We urge the government to move swiftly to implement a new, more robust and transparent monitoring system.
"More than 40 years after oilsands development started, Albertans have been told by numerous expert panels that environmental monitoring is insufficient. This is a matter of public trust and accountability and the government has a long way to go to restore public confidence that it is protecting the environment.
"It's important to note, as the panel did, that monitoring is just one component of natural resource management; you actually have to use the data to inform planning, regulatory decision-making and enforcement. You need the full package to get the job done — otherwise it's like having smoke detectors but no firetrucks or firefighters."
CALGARY — The Pembina Institute's Chris Severson-Baker made the following statement in response to today's announcement of bonus credits in the province's offset system for select carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects: Read more »
EDMONTON — Environmental groups are in Federal Court today to fight for immediate protection of caribou habitat facing unchecked oilsands development in northeastern Alberta.
Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, is seeking a court order to force Environment Minister Peter Kent to recommend emergency protection of critical habitat for threatened caribou herds in northeastern Alberta. Read more »
The Pembina Institute's Chris Severson-Baker made the following statement in response to today's release of the Alberta government's report of 2010 compliance with its greenhouse gas regulation for heavy industry:
"Today's release by the Government of Alberta continues a four-year trend of significantly overstating the scale of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reductions that Alberta's industry regulation has really delivered. Albertans should not be assured that the province is on track to achieving its own pollution reduction target, despite Alberta's $2 billion commitment to carbon capture and storage.
Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the results of the 2011 federal election:
"The Pembina Institute congratulates Conservative Leader Stephen Harper for winning his first majority government and Jack Layton in his new role as Leader of the Official Opposition. As a national non-partisan think tank, the Pembina Institute works with all governments and political parties to help move Canada toward a clean energy future that delivers economic prosperity, environmental protection and climate security.
"Mr. Harper's actions on climate change and clean energy to date have been inadequate relative to the need and the opportunity. To become a leader in the fast-growing clean energy economy, Canada must implement much stronger policies than the Conservative government has introduced so far or proposed in its campaign platform.
EDMONTON — The Alberta government could protect the environment and achieve responsible oilsands development by adopting key policy changes, recommended by the Pembina Institute in a report released today.
Solving the puzzle: environmental responsibility in oilsands development outlines 19 specific solutions available to help the Alberta government adequately address the environmental impacts of oilsands operations. The report recommends implementing specific policies to protect air, land and water, along with a credible approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a world-class environmental monitoring system. Read more »
OTTAWA — In the midst of a federal election campaign and on the eve of Earth Day, the top executives of Canada's major environmental organizations are calling on all political leaders to take concrete and immediate action to address Canada's urgent environmental challenges. Read more »
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