Alberta Premiere sets sights on fossil fuels
Premiere of Alberta, Rachel Notely, is promising to “address the issue of coal.” Her plan to reduce carbon emissions will effectively apply a tax on large fossil fuel users, piling further economic burdens to the province of Alberta’s already lagging economy.
Premier Rachel Notley served notice Thursday the province will move ahead with a tougher climate change strategy, saying the NDP government has coal emissions squarely in its sights and suggesting more carbon taxes may be coming. …
Since taking power in the May 5 election, Notley has been eyeing a significant overhaul to the former Tory government’s blueprint to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases. It comes while oilsands production continues to rise, but the province is mired in a recession caused by low crude oil prices.
Earlier this year, the provincial government announced it would double the carbon levy now imposed on Alberta’s largest industrial emitters to $30 per tonne in 2017.
“We are going to reduce carbon emissions by pricing them,” Notley said in her address.