Congratulations to Rachel Notley and the new Alberta NDP
majority government. Their platform page is "not
found" this morning, but it included several
$5 million annually to partner with financial institutions and
extend interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for energy-efficient
retrofits to homes and businesses, such as upgrading windows and
doors or installing solar panels and new furnaces;
Create energy efficiency strategy and renewable energy
Reinvest the unused Carbon Capture money for 2015-16 into
public transit construction.
Another focus will be bolstering the province's reputation
on climate change. Premier-elect Rachel Notley called the delay in
Alberta's climate change strategy "profoundly
irresponsible" and said the province needs to be at the table
with British Columbia and Ontario to better harmonize an approach
to controlling carbon emissions. Will Alberta join the Western
Notley said her party would work with industry to re-establish
energy and environmental standards in the province using
"research-driven" best practices and a
"science-based" approach as opposed to "the outcome
of a lobbyist meeting on a golf course somewhere." She
promised a shake-up at the Alberta Energy Regulator
to make protection of Alberta' s land, air and water
more central in the regulator' s mandate, and to increase
penalties for environmental damage.
She also promised a Resource Owners Rights Commission to
review Alberta's royalty structure and look for a way to
incentivize local upgrading of bitumen before it is
exported. Notley said she would promote oil transport by
Now that both the Pope and Alberta are getting serious about
climate change, is real change finally coming?
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