What's behind Alberta's proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40%?


As Alberta's Alison Redford heads to Washington today for yet more convincing on Keystone, her government is floating the idea of a new, higher price on carbon emission. Is Barack Obama's Washington succeeding where Canadian Environmentalists have failed? We're asking.

G&M's Report on Business Reporter, Nathan VanderKlippe

"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and our future generations." - Barack Obama

U.S. President Obama made it a priority in his inauguration speech, but discussion of climate change in Canada is typically more nuanced. Today though, Alberta Premier Allison Redford is on her way to Washington to promote the province's environmental record.

A new proposal for carbon reduction has come from Alberta just as the White House and U.S. agencies weigh the merits of the Canadian crude and the Keystone pipeline. But, those concerned with climate change are just as skeptical as those in the oil patch. Canada's government - said to be reviewing its own climate change policy - is quiet for now.

Nathan VanderKlippe has been covering this story for The Globe and Mail. He joined us from our Calgary studio.

Panel: Michal Moore / Clare Demerse

Our next two guests closely watch the politics of carbon.

Michal Moore is a professor of energy economics with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He is teaching at Cornell University this term and he joined us from Ithica, New York.

Clare Demerse is director of federal policy with the Pembina Institute and she was in Ottawa.

This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello, Josh Bloch and Edmonton's Network Producer, Gillian Rutherford.

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