Tory election win sets stage for green battle

Ed Stelmach’s landslide election victory delivered his Conservative government an overwhelming mandate to carry out its agenda — including environmental initiatives — but oilpatch and policy experts warn it shouldn’t be interpreted as “carte blanche” on climate change.

Nevertheless, the premier has already shown he’ll proceed as he sees fit on greenhouse gas regulations, including adopting intensity-based targets instead of hard caps for the foreseeable future, which means overall emissions will continue to rise.

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