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Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion

Failure to hold public hearing, expedited approval sparks lawsuit

CALGARY — Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are taking the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to court over its decision to grant Maxim Power Corp.’s coal plant expansion interim approval without a public hearing.

As the AUC itself made clear, the expedited approval was given in a blatant attempt to beat the federal government’s deadline for new greenhouse gas regulations. Read more about Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion

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Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

New report finds numerous problems with push to expand natural gas production

OTTAWA — Some common government and industry assumptions about the role of natural gas in combating climate change do not hold up to scrutiny, according to an in-depth study released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute. Read more about Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

Event

Commuter Challenge

Jun 5 2011 - 6:00am to Jun 11 2011 - 6:00am

Commuter Challenge…

  • Is a week-long event during Canadian Environment Week (June 5 – 11, 2011)
  • Is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces
  • Encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home
  • Rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting
  • Celebrates active and sustainable transportation
  • Is nationally hosted by Sustainable Alberta Association
  • Is locally hosted by City Coordinators who support workplaces

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Lower Athabasca Regional Plan ineffective, insufficient

CALGARY — The draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan is woefully inadequate and will not adequately protect the region against the cumulative effects of industrial development, Ecojustice said today after careful review of the proposed plan. Read more about Lower Athabasca Regional Plan ineffective, insufficient

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Pembina Reacts: Government of Alberta report on industrial greenhouse gas pollution

The Pembina Institute's Chris Severson-Baker made the following statement in response to today's release of the Alberta government's report of 2010 compliance with its greenhouse gas regulation for heavy industry:

"Today's release by the Government of Alberta continues a four-year trend of significantly overstating the scale of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reductions that Alberta's industry regulation has really delivered. Albertans should not be assured that the province is on track to achieving its own pollution reduction target, despite Alberta's $2 billion commitment to carbon capture and storage.

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Pembina reacts to the 2011 federal election outcome

Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the results of the 2011 federal election:

"The Pembina Institute congratulates Conservative Leader Stephen Harper for winning his first majority government and Jack Layton in his new role as Leader of the Official Opposition. As a national non-partisan think tank, the Pembina Institute works with all governments and political parties to help move Canada toward a clean energy future that delivers economic prosperity, environmental protection and climate security.

"Mr. Harper's actions on climate change and clean energy to date have been inadequate relative to the need and the opportunity. To become a leader in the fast-growing clean energy economy, Canada must implement much stronger policies than the Conservative government has introduced so far or proposed in its campaign platform.

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New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management

19-point plan identifies policies required to protect the environment and restore Alberta’s international reputation

EDMONTON — The Alberta government could protect the environment and achieve responsible oilsands development by adopting key policy changes, recommended by the Pembina Institute in a report released today.

Solving the puzzle: environmental responsibility in oilsands development outlines 19 specific solutions available to help the Alberta government adequately address the environmental impacts of oilsands operations. The report recommends implementing specific policies to protect air, land and water, along with a credible approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a world-class environmental monitoring system. Read more about New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management

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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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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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