Pembina reacts to U.S. plan to cut pollution from power plantsU.S. action in sharp contrast with Canada’s ongoing failure to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas sector

June 2, 2014

EDMONTON — Simon Dyer, senior spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement today of a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from coal-fired power plants:
 
“The EPA’s climate rules send a strong signal that the United States is serious about addressing its largest source of greenhouse gas pollution. In contrast, the Canadian government continues to resist action on addressing its major emissions growth problem – the rapidly increasing greenhouse gas pollution from oilsands production.
 
"While Canada has the same 2020 emissions target as the U.S., our federal government has failed to produce a plan to meet its goal. As a result, Environment Canada projects that we will miss our 2020 target by more than the current emissions of Canada's entire electricity sector.
 
“The best way Ottawa could respond to today’s announcement by the EPA would be to make an equally serious commitment to hit Canada’s 2020 climate target, and produce the rules required to cut emissions from the oil and gas sector. The government’s ongoing delay in releasing those rules is indefensible.”

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Contact

Simon Dyer
Senior Spokesperson
587-873-3937
 
Julia Kilpatrick
Communications Director
403-953-0350
 

Background

Blog: “Who’s really winning the race to end coal? A comparison of Canada and U.S. federal regulations” (June 2013)
 
Backgrounder: Key issues to watch in federal oil and gas regulations (June 2013)
 
Blog: Electricity from coal: time to turn the page on Canada’s dirtiest source of power” (June 2012)
 
Report: Getting on track for 2020 (April 2013)

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