Protecting Alberta’s Environment
April 19, 2012
EDMONTON - As we enter the final few days of the campaign, it has been disappointing that the environment has not emerged as a major issue. In order to make Alberta the best place to live, our citizens need a government that understands that strong environmental stewardship and a strong economy are complementary - rather than competing - objectives.
The Alberta Party acknowledges that climate change is a real issue, and that Alberta’s government has an obligation to act responsibly.
While some environmentalists target the oil sands, virtually everyone ignores the fact that the vast majority of Alberta’s green house gas emissions arise from coal-powered generation plants. We will:
- Gradually shift electrical generation away from coal powered generation to distributed generation systems powered by natural gas, wind, solar and co-generation systems.
- Require that emission standards for coal-fired plants match those of natural gas plants after a reasonable phase-in period.
Water is a finite resource that requires prudent management. We will:
- Identify, establish and increase the inventory of protected wetlands.
- Work with industry to reduce the industrial use of fresh water and promote water conservation solutions.
- Create incentives for industry and households to substantially reduce water consumption.
Read the complete policy here: http://www.albertaparty.ca/environment
For further information please contact:
David Benson, Media Relations