Alberta oil pushes nation’s emissions higher despite progress in eastern provinces


Alberta’s tar sands are driving Canadian carbon emissions so high that they are undermining significant progress in other provinces. According to a recent Environment Canada report, the federal government found that since 1990, Canada’s carbon emissions have increased by more than 18 per cent. With a whopping climb in Alberta, emissions jumped by 46 per cent as a result of its growing oil industry. This massive spike has completely drowned out progress in Quebec and Ontario where decisions to shut down coal power plants lead to declines in emissions of 6.8 per cent in Quebec and 5.6 per cent in Ontario. This has placed Canada in a position of scaling back its promises, where instead of cutting emissions by 6 per cent below 1990 levels, it’s now aiming to reduce emission based on 2005 emission levels. This numbers game may make for good political spin, but in reality it could likely have devastating consequences.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just reported that without real action to cut emissions from heavy polluting sources like the tar sands, the consequences of climate change will be irreversible. More recently, a report from TD Bank found that Canada will lose up to $40 dollars a year if climate change remains unaddressed.


MT @VancouverSun Oil industry Canada’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Canada report reveals


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  • “We can’t hide from the challenge of regulating that sector. If Canada’s going to play its role in the global fight against climate change there’s no avoiding that we need to have strong regulations for our oil and gas sector.” – P.J. Partington, Analyst, Pembina Institute
  • “The oil and gas sector is growing very quickly and pollution is going along with it, so it’s certainly bound to happen given that we’re not taking any action to cut those emissions.” – P.J. Partington, Analyst, Pembina Institute
  • “We really do need an extra push and I think that’s something everyone should be supportive of. Not just for the climate benefits, but also in terms of improving our reputation and market access of the sector itself.” – P.J. Partington, Analyst, Pembina Institute
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