Canada to Offer GHG Reduction Plan for Keystone XL Approval?

Canada and the United States share a rich energy and economic relationship; as such, both countries have the ability effectively to tackle critical environmental issues

But today’s hyped-aspect of the Canada-U.S. energy/environment relationship is Keystone XL.  And Reuters offers an report by Patrick Rucker and Nia Williams suggesting Canada may release a GHG reduction plan to win U.S. approval for Keystone:

Two years of negotiations between the Canadian government and the energy sector to curtail carbon pollution have not produced an agreement. Oil producers have balked at anything more than the 10-cents-a-barrel carbon tax imposed by the province of Alberta.

Late last month, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq pointed to “good progress” in the talks but was unable to say when a resolution might come.

Concessions from Canada would make the pipeline more palatable in Washington, experts say, since Obama has made fighting climate change a second-term priority and has said that Canada could do more to reduce carbon emissions.

“If Canada were to volunteer new greenhouse gas restrictions, that would certainly help,” David Goldwyn, a former State Department official and energy consultant, told an industry conference in late October.

But the clock is running out. The U.S. State Department is finishing work on a report that will weigh the climate impacts of the pipeline in what could be one of last words before a decision. The White House is expected to rule on Keystone by next spring.

 

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