Alberta government, Opposition say the province should be consulted on emissions caps

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EDMONTON — Alberta politicians are warning the federal Liberal government that caps on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas will have to be set in consultation with the province.

Both Premier Jason Kenney and New Democrat Opposition Leader Rachel Notley say Alberta has to be at the table when emissions caps are discussed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told the global climate conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, that Canada would impose a hard cap on emissions from the sector — the source of about a quarter of all Canada's greenhouse gases.

A 100-megatonne emissions cap exists for the oilsands, but that limit has never been reached.

Kenney says his government needs to be consulted before any moves are made and repeated his call for a massive transfer of federal tax dollars to support projects that would capture carbon dioxide and store it underground.

Notley says if the Liberals want to impose caps, they should do it on all sectors with major greenhouse gas emissions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2021.

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

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