Alberta’s environment minister does not expect a Trump presidency will cause the province to change course on climate change.
Trump is widely expected to pull back on efforts to reduce greenhouse gases once he takes over for President Barack Obama in January.
But, Shannon Phillips said that doesn’t mean Alberta has to follow suit.
“Mr. Trump has said a lot of things,” Phillips told reporters on a conference call from U.N. meetings in Marrakesh, Morocco. “There’s really a lot of hypotheticals right now from our perspective, there’s a lot of unknowns.”
“What is known is that we’ve already written our climate plan. We did not write it around an ambitious American climate plan. We wrote it around business as usual.”
Alberta will keep its 100 mega-tonne cap on oilsands emissions, will continue to phase out coal and will prepare for its new royalty regime, which begins in 2017, a year ahead of the mandated carbon taxes imposed by the Liberal government.
“From our perspective on carbon pricing, Canada remains a leader and will continue to be a leader through the carbon pricing leadership committee with the World Bank, with others.”
Phillips said jurisdictions across the globe, including China, are moving to put a price on carbon.
She believes Alberta’s climate-change initiatives will open business and investment opportunities for the province, not restrict them.