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Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

Pembina Institute reacts to federal announcement on carbon pricing backstop

EDMONTON — Duncan Kenyon, Alberta Regional Director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government announcement regarding pricing pollution in Alberta:

“Because action on climate change is a shared responsibility, and no province should be exempt from acting, we are pleased the federal government is moving forward on its promise to apply carbon pricing and rebates in Alberta in response to the Government of Alberta’s decision to repeal the Climate Leadership Act.  Read more about Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

A made-in-Canada climate plan can’t rely on outsourcing the solution

By Simon Dyer

Published in The Hill Times (June 5, 2019).

Any political party serious about governing in Canada and sincere about slowing climate change will put forward a climate plan designed to rapidly and significantly drive down greenhouse gas emissions here at home to improve the lives of Canadians and honour our international commitments.

What’s more, given the incredible economic opportunity that decarbonizing presents, that climate plan will be fair (by including carbon pricing that internalizes the costs of this pollutant), it will reduce emissions now (as opposed to years from now when new technologies are operationalized), and through investment in renewable energy and innovation it will position our industry as competitive in a low-carbon economy and our nation as a purveyor of the cleanest energy (yes, including cleaner oilsands exports) in the world.

Read the full Op-Ed on the Pembina Institute website

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New forest certification standard promises better protection for woodland caribou

Today, the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada (FSC Canada) released a new FSC Standard that will guide Canada’s forestry sector. FSC Canada aims to incorporate sustainability into responsible forest management. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) congratulates FSC for developing a progressive national standard that incorporates conservation measures for species at risk, including a habitat indicator for endangered woodland caribou. Read more about New forest certification standard promises better protection for woodland caribou

Continuity and support for energy efficiency makes sense for Albertans, say 15 Alberta groups

Joint letter on the future of energy efficiency in Alberta

A joint letter from 15 Alberta community and environmental groups is urging the provincial government to implement meaningful energy efficiency policies and programs. 

Energy efficiency is common sense, says the letter. Supporting energy efficiency in Alberta creates jobs, invests in our communities and businesses and maintains opportunities for Albertans to save money. Not only does energy efficiency make fiscal sense, it is an achievable approach to reduce our province’s emissions. Read more about Continuity and support for energy efficiency makes sense for Albertans, say 15 Alberta groups

STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

CALGARY, May 23, 2019 — Premier Jason Kenney tabled legislation yesterday to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax as of May 30. The legislation removes the consumer levy, as well as the tax on facilities producing less than 100,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

Barry Robinson, lawyer for Ecojustice, made the following statement: Read more about STATEMENT: Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to kill Alberta’s carbon tax is short sighted

A Promise for Recovery: Westslope Cutthroat Trout Action Plan

Conservation groups are acknowledging the federal government for the long overdue release of a draft plan to recover westslope cutthroat trout in Alberta.  The plan would significantly increase the amount of habitat protected for this threatened species. Read more about A Promise for Recovery: Westslope Cutthroat Trout Action Plan

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