STOP: Stop Tar Sands Operations Permanently

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Alberta government lets big oil run the province puts planet at risk.

Posted by mhudema on January 24, 2008

The Alberta government just announced its “climate change plan”. The plan will see emissions continue to rise until 2020 when we will see gradual reduction. By a friends calculation, their 2050 target is 18% above 1990 levels (25% above Kyoto levels).

Alberta plan – emissions to INCREASE by 2020.
World scientific community – 30% REDUCTION needed by 2020 based on 1990 levels.

Alberta plan –  18% INCREASE by 2050 based on 1990 levels.
World scientific community – 90% REDUCTION by 2050 based on 1990 levels.

This is literally insane.


News Release
Building Tomorrow A plan to secure Alberta's future

January 24, 2008
Alberta to cut projected emissions by 50 per cent under new climate change plan
Carbon capture and storage, energy conservation and efficiency, and greening energy production are keys to 200-megatonne reduction
Alberta will cut projected greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050 as part of a long-term climate change plan that focuses on carbon capture and storage, consumer incentives and greener energy production.

“Alberta’s strong economy and beautiful wilderness areas contribute to our high quality of life,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “Like others around the globe, we’re working to find the right balance between development and conservation. Our climate change plan ensures environmental protection while allowing for continued economic growth. It is practical and achievable. It encourages innovation, and sets realistic goals for industry.”Experts agree carbon capture and storage holds great promise for Alberta. Research indicates new and next generation technologies will deliver the majority of the new plan’s reductions – about 70 per cent of the 200 megatonne-reduction by 2050. Up to $500 million could be directed towards these initiatives, including allocations through the Canada ecoTrust and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund.

Carbon capture and storage
Alberta will strike a government-industry council to determine a go-forward plan for implementing technologies, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing air emissions from industrial sources and locking them permanently underground in deep rock formations.

The council will develop a made-in-Alberta plan for carbon capture and storage. It will respond to a federal-provincial task force report on carbon capture and storage and will deliver a strategy for implementing the technology that will include consultations with industry.

“Leading Canadian experts, economists and policy analysts support carbon capture and storage as the most promising means of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Environment Minister Rob Renner. “Alberta has three Nobel Prize-winning scientists already working in this area, which shows we have the capacity to be a world leader.”

Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology added, “This technology will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production. This will help us continue to green our growth in that sector.”

Conservation and energy efficiency
About 12 per cent of Alberta’s reductions will be achieved through conservation and energy efficiency. Offering consumer incentives to become more energy efficient is a key action under this theme. A detailed implementation plan will be completed this spring.

“Albertans have told us they want to do their part in reducing emissions,” said Energy Minister Mel Knight. “Through the development of conservation and energy efficiency programs, we will invest in ways to inform and support Albertans in becoming more energy efficient.”

Greening energy production
The plan calls for increased investment in clean energy technologies and incentives for expanding the use of renewable and alternative energy sources such as bioenergy, wind, solar power, hydrogen and geothermal energy. Initiatives under this theme will account for 18 per cent of Alberta’s reductions. A detailed implementation plan will be developed and released this spring.

“With this plan, Alberta will achieve real reductions within a realistic timeline,” said Renner. “Alberta did its research before setting reduction targets, then put a solid plan in place to achieve them. Cutting our greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, will result in real reductions of 14 per cent below 2005 levels.”

Addressing climate change is part of Premier Stelmach’s plan to secure Alberta’s future by building communities, greening our growth and creating opportunity. -30-


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