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Federal government must promote green energy, not oil sands

By Robert Hajaly      

Canada can achieve its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target, but not if it allows further major growth of its oilsands production. 

Alberta's oilsands, pictured in 2008. In contrast with this government projection, the Parliamentary Budget Office has estimated that if the government's carbon tax is more than doubled by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions will then be reduced by 30 per cent, writes Robert Hajaly. The Hill Times file photograph

MONTREAL—Canada has committed itself to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, emissions that trap heat, by 30 per cent, by 2030 compared with their 2005 level, in order to limit climate change caused by these emissions. But it is in danger of missing this reduction target, primarily because of the growth of its oil and natural gas sector, in particular the growth of its oilsands production.

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