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A selection of comments reacting to Alberta's climate policy

The Alberta government announced a new climate policy Sunday that includes a carbon tax and a promise to phase out coal fired generating plants. Here is a selection of comments reacting to the policy.

“This is the day we step up, at long last, to one of the world’s biggest problems — the pollution that is causing climate change.” — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

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“What we’ve put together is a recommended policy package that compares favourably with policy packages in any jurisdiction globally, and certainly in North America.” — Andrew Leach, head of the expert panel that wrote the report on which the new policy is based.

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“This plan recognizes the need for a balance between the environment and the economy. One that should provide greater predictablity for both the industry and the province on a go-forward basis.” — Murray Edwards, chair, Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

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“When we look back, this will be a historic day, certainly for oilsands, for Alberta and I think for Canada as we move into a more solutions-focused leadership position on greenhouse gases around the world.” — Steve Williams, CEO Suncor Energy.

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“…Humanity is beginning to win our struggle to solve the climate crisis. We do need to win faster. I encourage Premier Notley, and all of Alberta, to follow this first step with continued bold action to transition away from fossil fuels.” — Al Gore, former U.S. vice president.

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“Alberta’s new climate strategy, combined with a new federal government that is a true climate change partner for the provinces and territories, positions Canada to enter the Paris conference with a united voice.” — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

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“These policies are important first steps, but much bigger emission reductions will be needed for Alberta to do its part to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.” — Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada.

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“Alberta is back when it comes to taking energy efficiency seriously. This is something we haven’t done for over 20 years.” — Jesse Row, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance.

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“This new carbon tax will make almost every single Alberta family poorer, while accelerated plans to shut down coal plants will lead to higher power prices and further jobs losses.” — Brian Jean, leader of the Alberta Opposition Wildrose party.

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“The closing of these plants will do more to save lives than I could ever hope to achieve as a physician working in an emergency room.” — Dr. Joe Vipond, a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

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“Today’s announcement is a step into the next economy but doesn’t abandon what has made Alberta successful.” Greg Clark, Alberta Party leader.