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Alberta premier defends environmental record in support of Keystone XL

11.13.2013  | 

Keystone XL pipeline has new questions over Canada’s ability to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets. Keystone would contribute to global warming, which has become the central issue in the more than five-year effort by TransCanada.

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By JIM SNYDER
Bloomberg

Alberta’s premier defended her province’s environmental record while lobbying in Washington for the Keystone XL pipeline amid new questions over Canada’s ability to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets.

Alison Redford, making her fifth trip to promote the $5.3 billion project that would connect the oil sands in her Canadian province to refineries on the Gulf Coast, met with officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency, the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality and the State Department.

The State Department is overseeing an environmental review to estimate the extent Keystone would contribute to global warming, which has become the central issue in the more than five-year effort by TransCanada  to get approval to build the pipeline.

“It’s been a really robust discussion,” Redford told reporters after meeting with Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat who supports the project. “We just want to make sure that as this evolves, which has to happen, that the right information is on the table and the perspective of Alberta is on the table.”

The tie-in between oil sands development and global warming surfaced again last month amid reports that Canada will have difficulty in meeting its obligation made at a 2009 United Nations summit to cut greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels.



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