Ambrose told CanWest columnist Don Martin that the federal government will avoid an enforced limit on greenhouse emissions from Alberta's oil and gas sector.
When Martin suggested in the interview that this "soft cap" approach...
Environmentalists were also upset about Ambrose's comments. Allowing a soft cap would allow total emissions to grow provided there was improvement in "energy intensity."
Energy intensity refers to the amount of energy used per unit of output. If a target is set for intensity, total emissions can still rise as new projects come onstream.
"This is basically the Bush approach to greenhouse gases," said Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute.
"(President George W.) Bush has adopted an intensity target for the U.S. which translates into a considerable increase in actual emissions."
However, Dalton need not worry, Ambrose's "plan" for the auto industry appears to be mostly bluster as well:
They were told the government will introduce legislation to regulate emissions standards in the automaking sector by 2011, when a voluntary agreement signed with the previous government expires. A lengthy series of consultations would then kick in.
Five more years of nothingness, then let's talk about where we go. Wow, I'm impressed now. I knew when I saw a big auto executive leaving the meeting today, with a shit kicking grin, that this new legislation was hardly progressive. Given the fact that the public is now demanding more fuel efficiency and environmental options, the auto industry will naturally gravitate in the next few years anyway, before the big "consultations" start. These meetings with the auto sector, as well as the earlier ones with oil and gas, were nothing more than an attempt to allay fears that this government might actually enact something with teeth. Working together, how quaint.
Exhale Dalton, nothing to see here.