Alberta premier defends environmental record in support of Keystone XL
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.
By JIM SNYDER
Albertas premier defended her provinces
environmental record while lobbying in Washington for the
Keystone XL pipeline amid new questions over Canadas
ability to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets.
Alison Redford, making her fifth trip to promote the $5.3
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 Houses 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.
Its 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.