Alberta’s climate change plan is being adopted internationally according to the NDP.
Last November, the Government vowed to reduce methane emissions by 45% by 2025.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says other counties have now made that pledge.
“And what we found was other provinces came on board and made the same commitment, and then a couple of months ago Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama made a commitment for Canada and the United States that was the same as Alberta’s commitment, and now we’ve seen that extend to Mexico.”
That happened at the Three Amigos Summit in Ottawa this past week, during which, Alberta was singled out for praise by US President Barack Obama in an address to the Canadian Parliament. In his speech on Wednesday, Obama said Alberta is an example of how to encourage growth, while keeping environmental concerns front-and-centre.
Phillips admits that Obama’s remarks were especially encouraging.
“I think it was a great day for Albertans to be recognized on the floor of the House of Commons by the President of the United States for leadership on climate.” Phillips says. “I think what it shows is that we’ve been able to reset the conversation with our most important trading partner, and that’s a very important thing to all Albertans.”
Phillips says 2017 is when we’ll see Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan really take action. In the meantime, the Province will be having conversations with Albertans all summer about what kinds of clean energy programs they’d like to see. (ms, News Talk 770)