Thursday, November 26, 2015

Climate Leadership | Climate Leadership Plan |

Climate Leadership | Climate Leadership Plan |


On the eve of the humongous climate meetings in Paris next week (week after Thanksgiving in USA), Canada has stepped up to the plate on addressing climate changes.

Alberta is the home of Coal and Oil Sands: two of the great game changers in addressing pollution in general and Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG).

There are several reports, but one is to simply charge a tax per metric tonne (yes, I know that's the colourful way to spell ton) of CO2. The price will move up from $15 to $30 per ton of CO2 by 2019.

In electric generation, the big game changer is to switch away from coal in general.

By 2030 in Alberta, "There will be no pollution from coal-fired

electricity generation." The focus will be on reduce electrical needs and switching to NatGas and Renewables.

But for Alberta, capping and steadily reversing the oil sands is a very big game changer.

With the oil glut keeping oil prices down below $50 per barrel for the foreseeable future, Alberta should be ramping down oil production anyway. (I think oil sands requires $70 to $80 to be profitable.).

The Carbon Taxes will be used: to offset increased living costs for poorer people, to assist with transition to renewables and other research.

For those still skeptical about Global Warming: Look at the pix of Athabasca Glacier over 100 years (well 98 really). Or look at any pictures over 40 years related to Glacier Bay in Alaska. Or, just a little south from Alberta, give a look at Glacier National Park in Montana (soon to be renamed Glacier-Less National Park).
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  1. Excellent information and update-Thank you Dr. Elmer

  2. For the record, the complete elimination of coal-fired electrical plants may be a tough nut to crack. The stakeholders on the coal side are starting to line up with each other to explain to the Alberta government why it can't be done (in their opinion). Their feeling is that they have too much invested to let the plants close down within the prescribed timeframe. I suspect they will come up with a number that they want as compensation (the figure currently being bandied around is $12 billion). Stayed tuned, and fasten your seatbelt. It's gaining to be a bumpy ride ...