Alberta responds to federal government proposal to cap oil and gas emissions – Red Deer Advocate


The Alberta government has responded to the federal government’s proposal to cap oil and gas emissions.

The federal government is proposing to use an industry-specific cap-and-trade system or a modified carbon pricing system to cap emissions from the oil and gas sector and reduce them by nearly 40% by by the end of this decade.

Both options are contained in a discussion paper by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault, which was due to be released on Monday.

“This discussion paper is another example of a lesson Ottawa is refusing to learn: the only way to truly reduce emissions and keep life affordable is to work with the provinces to create environmental policies that will actually work” said Environment Minister and Park Whitney Issik. and Energy Minister Sonya Savage said in a joint statement Monday.

“Alberta has always taken responsible energy development seriously and that’s why we’ve been taking action on climate change for more than two decades – regulating industry, investing in innovation and helping industry adopt clean technologies.

The two ministers said Alberta would not agree to any plan that “seeks to interfere with our constitutionally protected ability to develop our resources.”

“The provinces are the owners of these natural resources, which have been responsibly managed on behalf of Canadians for decades,” said Issik and Savage.

“In May 2022, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the Impact Assessment Act raises a question of fundamental fairness. The justices determined that the federal government took a wrecking ball for the constitutional right of Albertans and other provinces to have their natural resources developed for their benefit.

The federal government cannot act “unilaterally to meet its emissions targets”, the ministers said.

“The global energy crisis and the skyrocketing cost of living is affecting all Canadians, especially the most vulnerable.

“Rising energy prices are impacting business supply chains and the transportation sector, making life more expensive for Canadians, whether it’s putting gas in their cars , to buy groceries, to heat and cool their homes.

The oil and gas industry is responsible for more than a quarter of Canada’s total emissions, or 179 million tonnes in 2020, or about what an average car would emit when circling the equator more than 17 million times.

With files from The Canadian Press

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