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Pembina Institute calls for independent science review of draft oilsands plan

Independent scientists should validate Lower Athabasca Regional Plan to ensure the regional environment will be protected and to restore trust in government oversight

CALGARY, ALTA. - The Government of Alberta should commission an independent science panel to review its draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan as part of the consultation process, the Pembina Institute said following the release of the draft plan Tuesday. Read more about Pembina Institute calls for independent science review of draft oilsands plan

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Pembina reacts to Liberal Party election platform

OTTAWA, ON — The Pembina Institute's Clare Demerse made the following statement in response to today's release of the Liberal Party platform:

"Overall, we're happy to see this platform put clean energy at the centre of Canada's economic future. While countries such as China and the U.S. are taking steps to succeed in the clean energy economy, Canada has been lagging behind. Strong action on climate change can create more jobs than 'business as usual,' so the Liberal Party's decision to make clean energy a priority would be good news for Canadian workers and for the environment.

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Pembina Reacts to Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Plan

Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the Federal Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Plan:

"This plan is a good step toward providing a credible foundation for the monitoring of the Athabasca River downstream from the oilsands. We hope this plan signals that the federal government is willing to meet its obligations to ensure that oilsands development occurs responsibly and in accordance with Canadians' expectations.

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Alberta must hold public hearing before approving new coal-fired power plant

CALGARY, AB —As the world grapples with the challenge of climate change, the Alberta government is poised to grant approval to a new coal-fired power plant without even holding a public hearing.

The proposed power plant would be built 20 kilometres north of Grande Cache, Alberta, on the site of an existing 150 megawatt facility. The new power plant, a project of Maxim Power Corporation, would produce 500 megawatts of power and emit over 3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year for its 45-year lifespan, equivalent to adding 590,000 vehicles to the road. Read more about Alberta must hold public hearing before approving new coal-fired power plant

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Pembina reacts to 2011 federal budget

Budget ignores opportunities to create new jobs and compete in clean energy economy

OTTAWA, ON — Tim Weis, director of renewable energy and efficiency policy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement about today's federal budget:

"It's encouraging to see the government continue the ecoENERGY home retrofit program for one more year, since helping homeowners use less energy will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save Canadians money. Read more about Pembina reacts to 2011 federal budget

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Pembina reacts to new Alberta oilsands mine reclamation security policy

Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, responded to the Government of Alberta announcement of a new oilsands mine reclamation security policy.

On the new Mine Financial Security Program:

"Although this reclamation security policy has some improvements in transparency over the previous version, one of the fundamental principles of this policy is flawed — that the assets of the mine, which created these liabilities in the first place, can be used to pay for the cleanup.

 

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New report finds strong climate policies create jobs while reducing emissions

Upcoming federal budget should increase support for renewable energy and efficiency programs, research suggests

OTTAWA, ON — Canada's governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by maintaining the status quo, according to a new report on the effects of climate change policies on employment released today by the Pembina Institute.

The Institute's report, Reducing pollution, creating jobs, examines the evidence from a wide range of international and Canadian research on "green" jobs and the economic impacts of climate policies. Read more about New report finds strong climate policies create jobs while reducing emissions

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Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

CALGARY, AB — Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposed the project in provincial-federal joint review panel hearings last fall. Read more about Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

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Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

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Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Clare Demerse, associate director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the "Parallel Paths" report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE):

"This report raises some fundamental questions about the government's longstanding policy of waiting for the U.S. before implementing strong climate policies in Canada. Read more about Pembina reacts to the new Canada-U.S. climate report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

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