By James Wood, Calgary Herald December 17, 2013
Premier Alison Redford said Tuesday she’s hoping the province will release its new climate change plan in 2014, but admitted to frustration with Ottawa over the lack of progress on regulating greenhouse gas emissions for the energy industry.
After being discussed for years by a succession of federal environment ministers, regulations for the oil and gas sector promised by the federal Conservative government have yet to materialize.
Alberta — which is failing to meet its own greenhouse gas reduction targets — promised last year to develop a new climate change strategy, but Redford repeated Tuesday the provincial plan will only come in conjunction with the federal regulations, which she wants to see soon.
“I think there’s some frustration in the provincial government. I think there’s also some frustration in industry,” Redford said in a year-end interview with the Herald.