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Premier Stelmach Fails to Deliver Action on Climate Change

Announcement Will Lead to More Delay with its "Plan to Plan"

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Jan 24, 2008

The Government of Alberta unveiled its much-anticipated "green plan" today. But instead of outlining near-term targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions the plan only sets a target for reducing GHG emissions by 2050.

"Premier Stelmach's announcement today is shockingly irresponsible, it continues to delay action and promises only a plan to plan. There are no short-term targets for absolute reductions in GHG pollution and no requirements for large polluters to reduce emissions," says Dan Woynillowicz, a Senior Policy Analyst with the Pembina Institute. "Alberta is the largest greenhouse gas polluter in Canada, producing close to one third of Canada's emissions. Albertans want action and Premier Stelmach is playing games by trying to dodge responsibility for delivering any real results until 2050." Read more about Premier Stelmach Fails to Deliver Action on Climate Change

Public Presentation: Wind Energy in Alberta – Beyond Tokenism

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By Tim Weis, Pembina InstituteFree presentation and discussion. Free refreshments at 6:30 pm Wind energy one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the world, and the province of Alberta has one of Canada’s best wind regimes but is still only harnessing less than 1/10th of its potential. How can the Province and individuals take advantage of this renewable resource? What barriers does the technology face? How can wind energy be moved from the margins to the mainstream?

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Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

While Alberta Premier goes to Washington, the Kearl Tar Sands Project is going to court

January 14, 2008

EDMONTON - While Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is in Washington this week seeking to assure Americans that there are no environmental problems associated with dirty tar sands development, Canadian environmental organizations are going to court tomorrow to challenge a massive tar sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Imperial Oil's proposed Kearl Tar Sands project includes an open-pit mine that would strip 200 square kilometres of Boreal Forest and contribute to the devastation of the region's landscape and wildlife.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon will be in court on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition, arguing that the environmental assessment of the open-pit mine project was flawed and that the project should be halted until a proper assessment has been completed. Read more about Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

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First-ever Oil Sands Mine Environmental Report Card Reveals Weak Environmental Performance

Jan 10, 2008

Today, Pembina Institute and WWF-Canada released Under-Mining The Environment, The Oil Sands Report Card — the most comprehensive comparative assessment of 10 of Alberta's operating, approved or applied for oil sands mines. The mines, for the most part, get a failing grade. Read more about First-ever Oil Sands Mine Environmental Report Card Reveals Weak Environmental Performance

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Government Amendments to Bill 46 Insufficient

Premier Stelmach Must Have All-Party Committee Hear From Albertans

Calgary – November 29, 2007 – Local landowner groups – including the Lavesta Area Group, Pembina Agricultural Protection Association and Livingstone Landowner Group – and the Pembina Institute are repeating their call for Premier Stelmach to send Bill 46 to an all-party committee to have public hearings and improve the bill before passing it in the legislature. Read more about Government Amendments to Bill 46 Insufficient

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Pembina Institute Calls for Changes to Bill 46 (Alberta Utilities Commission Act)

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2007

Bill Needs Major Amendments to Protect Citizens’ Rights to be Heard

CALGARY - Today the Pembina Institute adds its voice to a growing list of outraged landowner and environmental groups that say that Bill 46 will eliminate or reduce Albertans’ already-limited rights to participate in important decisions about energy development. The Pembina Institute is calling on Premier Ed Stelmach to make major changes to the Bill and to demonstrate that the government respects public input by convening a public hearing before an all-party committee of the Legislature.

Bill 46 is the Alberta Government’s proposed legislation to shift the regulation of electrical transmission lines and other utilities from the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) to a new Alberta Utilities Commission. "The legislation does not stop at the division of responsibilities between the two agencies. It also includes a series of changes that would significantly limit public involvement in energy decision making," says Steve Kennett, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute. Read more about Pembina Institute Calls for Changes to Bill 46 (Alberta Utilities Commission Act)

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Action Alert: Royalty Review Panel Recommendations

Pembina Institute

The recent recommendations from Premier Stelmach's Royalty Review Panel represent a step forward for the province of Alberta. We need your help to ensure that Premier Stelmach implements the recommendations put forward by the Royalty Review Panel. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Read the report of the Royalty Review Panel, Our Fair Share: Report of the Alberta Royalty Review Panel
  2. Think like an owner.
  3. Insist that Premier Stelmach adopts all the royalty recommendations made by the Royalty Review Panel.
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Upcoming Oil Sands Events

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I would like to highlight a few very important events that will be taking place in the oil sands realm. The Pembina Institute will be celebrating the end of their "Connecting the Drops" Athabasca River expedition in coordination with a rally organized by the First Nations communities of Fort Chipewyan on August 14th in Fort Chipewyan. The event will highlight the health and environmental concerns they currently hold in their region. All are encouraged to attend, please see the attached poster by George Poitras to obtain more information about this important event. Feel free to contact myself or George for further information on the rally. Speakers at this event will include Dr. O'Connor, Dr. Schindler, Melanie Nakagawa (NRDC), Don VanHout (expedition leader), Dan Woynillowicz (Pembina Institute), as well as Chiefs and Elders from the community. Read more about Upcoming Oil Sands Events

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Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee Recommendations Fail to Address Runaway Pace of Oil Sands Development

Pembina Institute

For immediate release
July 25, 2007

Responsibility Now Rests With Premier Stelmach

The recommendations of the Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee released today by the Government of Alberta fail to address the main concerns of Albertans, according to the Pembina Institute. The final report was submitted to the Government of Alberta on June 30, 2007, and is currently being reviewed by the Ministers of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The Ministers have not yet responded to either the consensus or non-consensus recommendations of the committee. Read more about Oil Sands Multistakeholder Committee Recommendations Fail to Address Runaway Pace of Oil Sands Development

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