Alberta’s climate policy means that other Canadians will shoulder the burden of allowing the tarsands emissions to grow.

I do not think there has been an open airing of the consequences of Alberta’s climate policy on the rest of Canada.  AB and the federal government are quick to point out the economic benefit of growing prodcution in the tarsands for the rest of Canada but not the environmental burden.  Now that both MB and Ontario have stepped back from their provincial plans, the need for that conversation to occur is greater than ever.  Canada must participate in the crafting of a global carbon budget that includes our domestic emissions and the emissions associated with the fossil fuels that we export.  A good place to start is to better understand the elephant in the room – the oil and gas economy in Alberta – and a good place to begin is with this contribution from Barry Saxifrage.

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