Environment minister touts balance at Alberta Climate Summit

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips was a featured speaker at the Alberta Climate Summit in Calgary Wednesday afternoon.She told the crowd at the BMO Centre that especially young people are passionate about climate change, and that’s why they will be launching the Alberta Youth Climate Change Council.But along with promoting the province’s Climate Leadership Plan, Phillips says decisions about the environment and energy development need to be based on science, evidence and facts.The minister also took aim at the conservative elements in the province, and criticized those who say climate change is not real.Following her speech, she also met with reporters to discuss this balance and how to move ahead with projects such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.When asked about how the province can keep the environment safe but also develop oil and gas projects, Phillips believes the NDP has proven it can be done — shown by two years of economic growth and the introduction of the new Climate Leadership Plan.“This is a reality that not only puts food on the table for thousands of Alberta families but also millions of Canadians. So what we need to do as an energy economy is ensure we are poised to be able to compete in a carbon-constrained world because we know that climate change is real,” said Phillips.Then, looking at how they can transition into that carbon-constrained future, Phillips added that policies like the carbon tax help out.“We need to make sure that we are thoughtfully reinvesting the proceeds of our price on pollution into making those innovative solutions a reality, lowering costs for producers, as well as creating new jobs.”At the Alberta Climate Summit, where Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is speaking. Summit is hosted by the Pembina Institute. Phillips talking about science based methods to combat climate change, criticizes doubters in the Conservative party #ableg #climate pic.twitter.com/hnTywkU9hG— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) September 26, 2018Phillips was also asked about her upcoming meeting in Ottawa, along with Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, to lobby for changes over Bill C-69.She said that the first issue over the bill which helps determine how energy projects are approved in Canada concerns the time-frames.“We still don’t have much in the way of comfort around timelines, so that’s one of the biggest things. Two, better defining the scope — in particular for the pre-assessment. I still think there are still some issues there. And three, it’s just a little bit too vague in terms of some of the federal encroachment into provincial jurisdiction on work that we are already doing.”Also on Wednesday, a new three-member panel was named to the National Energy Board to conduct another review on the Trans Mountain expansion.Phillips says the NDP government will be monitoring their upcoming discussions.“If Alberta begins to see that games are being played with respect to this process, then we will be going back to the federal government to explore a legislative solution. Right now, we do have to take a bit of a wait and see approach, but if we can adhere to that 22-week timeline we believe that this project will move forward in the time-frame that it ought to, and shovels can go back into the ground and people can get back to work as they were in late August.”last_img read more