Strengthen Our Energy Industry Through Environmental Leadership
Posted on October 16, 2014 by Katherine Taylor
It's not a choice between a healthy environment and a healthy economy
Alberta is blessed with a beautiful natural environment and abundant natural resources. We take pride in our land, air and water, and we are equally proud of our dynamic and innovative energy industry. Some people will tell you that we have to make a choice between a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
I believe that’s a false choice.
Under the PCs, Alberta has earned a reputation as an environmental laggard, notwithstanding the efforts of the energy industry to develop and implement cleaner technologies and techniques. That reputation has resulted in tremendous opposition to the Keystone Pipeline in the United States and the Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Columbia.
The PCs and the Wildrose have forgotten that we can’t force consumers to buy our energy, and their record speaks for itself. The greatest threat to our energy industry is not taking climate change and pollution control seriously. Only by having a reputation as a leader in environmental stewardship can we ensure market access for our resources.
We can do better for Alberta.