Monday, December 20, 2010
Alberta said to be top industrial greenhouse gas emitter
(Courtesy of the Chronicle Herald)
EDMONTON (CP) — Experts say that figures on greenhouse gases in Canada suggest that Alberta’s economy is dangerously dependent on carbon-emitting industries.
Environment Canada says the province’s industrial emissions make up half of the country’s greenhouse gases even though Alberta has just over 10 per cent of its population.
David Keith of the University of Calgary says that leaves Alberta at risk as the world moves to penalize carbon production in an attempt to limit global warming.
The report says that between coal-fired power plants and oilsands facilities all four of Canada’s largest emitters are in Alberta.
The oilsands are the only industrial sector tracked in the report that increased emissions last year.
The province hopes to reduce some of its emissions through carbon capture and storage, but those projects won’t take effect for at least five years.
The report does not include emissions from small sources such as vehicles.