Alberta is a province rich in so many things: vast nature, kind people and obviously energy resources. But there’s a resource Alberta has largely ignored, despite its immense potential: energy efficiency.
In 2013 there were 976 billion litres of tailings on Alberta’s landscape, covering an area roughly the size of the city of Kelowna. The volume of the lakes continues to grow and has likely now reached 1 trillion litres.
With the prime minister and premiers meeting in two weeks to announce a cross-Canada plan for clean growth and climate change, many Albertans are understandably wondering, what have we got to gain from it all?
The accumulation of nearly 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) litres of fluid oilsands tailings in Northern Alberta – enough sludge to fill 400,000 olympic swimming pools – is the result of five decades of negligence and engineering failures.
The coal phase-out conversation is not necessarily tied to a particular political ideology. Even in Alberta, the late premier Jim Prentice proposed a coal phase-out in the province before the NDP government took the baton.