Posted on Nov 26, 2015

Albertan Climate Leadership

Climate leadership has been provided by our Government but I would like to provide quotes from numerous Albertans from industry and environment who have spoken loudly and clearly that the climate change strategy is not only historic but an excellent plan for now and future generations.

Here are their words:

Steve Williams, CEO for Suncor: “When we look back, we will see this will be a historic day, certainly for oil sands, I think for Alberta as well and for Canada.” Williams said the plan will create jobs for future generations and give the corporations confidence to invest. “We think this is the moment for us to get back into that position of being a leader, particularly around our environment performance…. Today is a real demonstration we are willing to take action, move to take action, move from just conversation.”

The Canadian Association for the Environment says phasing out coal is a win for human health.

Joel French, with Public Interest Alberta, said: “This plan will not only help to slow Alberta’s rampant emissions growth, but will also allow Alberta to create good, well-paying jobs in clean industries.”

Calgary Herald: “The average family will see a $470 bump in tax burden in 2018.” This is $1.28 per day. Is that too much for good air better health and thousands of new green jobs? Premier Notley said some of the tax revenue will be returned to people and businesses that will need help. 60% of Albertans will receive rebates for some or all of the increased cost of home heating, electricity and gasoline.

Ray Bergstra, manager of business development for Terra Verdae says the carbon tax will help his company as they use methanol for biodegradable plastics and “That will put Edmonton really at the forefront of bio-industrial technologies.”

President of Canada Lorraine Mitchelmore: “It’s rare to see energy companies and environmentalists find cause to agree. But this week, the government of Alberta gave us reason not only to agree but to stand together and applaud. I firmly believe that Alberta’s climate plan is a win for both the economy and the environment. It will position Alberta and by extension Canada, to be a global leader in combating climate change. It will also promote economic prosperity for future generations by focusing on jobs and diversification and by ensuring that the cost burden of the carbon price is eased for the most vulnerable Albertans.

National Post has indicated that the New Democrat Government climate leadership and carbon policy likely to help Enbridge and TransCanada become leaders in the transition to renewable energy.

TransAlta president Dawn Farrell called the strategy a “positive, timely and important step forward. TransCanada President Russ Girling said he also supported the plan.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann applauded the plan.

Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark called it a “historic day.” “I think we’ve taken a step into the next economy without abandoning today’s economy.”

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said in a statement it agreed with Notley and expected changes proposed by the panel “to further enhance the reputation of our sector and improve our province’s environmental credibility as we seek to expand market access nationally and internationally.”

Mark Jaccard an energy economist at Simon Fraser University, called the plan a prudent mix of sound economics and real-world pragmatism that creates incentives for emissions reductions.

There is also growing and huge support amongst Albertans for phasing out coal-fired plants to produce electricity (12 of 18 coal-fired generators will soon be retired on their own) to use renewable energies to help create jobs and diversify our economy. There is support for the concept that persons or corporations that pollute should pay; thus reducing pollution by putting a price on it. Over 70% of Albertans want to improve our reputation to gain access to foreign markets for our natural resources. The carbon pricing will help diversify the economy, as the money collected will be reinvested in the Alberta economy and will go to rebates for 60% of Albertans.