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Plugging their methane leaks is the least oil companies could do on climate

By Dale Marshall      

So the ball is in the federal government’s court. It is an important test of the government’s resolve on climate change. If the federal government doesn’t hold the line and insist on Western provinces grabbing this low-hanging fruit, then what hope is there for the harder climate decisions to come?

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured in this file photo on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

There are no silver-bullets on climate change—but dealing with industrial methane is as close to “easy” as it gets. Or at least, it should be. It’s cheap, it will have a noticeable benefit for health and climate change in the short term, and it will create good jobs in regions where workers are hurting. The net benefits of these regulations total $9-billion.

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