AB’s Taft announces greenhouse-gas plan

EDMONTON – The Liberals would cap Alberta’s greenhouse-gas emissions in five years by controlling oilsands expansions, offering subsidies for carbon sequestration and barring new coal-power plants that don’t use the cleanest technologies, Kevin Taft said today.

But the party offers no targets for actually reducing emissions beyond 2013, saying it would hammer out a deal with industry, scientists and others to figure out where to go from there.

The Ed Stelmach Conservatives’ strategy would let emissions rise until 2020, and then drop them by 14 per cent below 2005 levels in four decades. Environmentalists have ridiculed the Tory plan as woefully inadequate, and it’s even behind the federal Conservatives’ targets.

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