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Alberta reveals plan to reduce emissions

EDMONTON, Alta. -- While the nation waits to see what measures will be taken by the feds to meet Kyoto Accord emiss...


EDMONTON, Alta. — While the nation waits to see what measures will be taken by the feds to meet Kyoto Accord emissions reductions targets, Alberta has released its plan.

Well, sort of. At a news conference yesterday, Alberta’s Environment Minister, Lorne Taylor, announced the province will seek a made-at-home solution involving technology that’s yet to be developed.

The Alberta solution is based on emissions by gross domestic product, meaning emissions may actually increase if the economy stays hot. However, the plan will require company’s to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted per unit.

The province says it will look to industry to develop high-tech solutions for the oil and gas industry, transportation and municipalities.

“Maybe I’m overconfident, but I have a huge belief in smart people developing solutions for us,” said Taylor at a news conference in Edmonton Oct. 17.

While the announcement was taking place, the federal government pushed back its planned press conference, saying more research is necessary before it reveals its intentions.

Alberta’s plan was immediately met with some skepticism.

“This plan has no credibility as an alternative to the Kyoto protocol,” Matthew Bramley, climate change director for the Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank tells local media. "This plan will actually increase Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions substantially by 2010.”

Alberta is prepared to spend $1 towards research for every $2 committed by the federal government and private interests.


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