07 May From Platform to Policy? Where might environmental policy be heading?
The election is behind us and a new majority government is before us. There will undoubtedly be a time of listening and learning across the province: within government, within industry, within non-government organizations, among all Albertans.
What are some of the possible new directions for environmental policy? Recognizing that having an election platform translate into policy is fraught with challenges, the NDP platform spoke to the following environmental policy matters (paraphrased):
- loans for green retrofits
- phasing out coal-fired electricity and expanding renewables (and co-generation in the oil sands)
- reinvesting carbon capture and storage funds into public transit
- strengthening environmental oversight and regulation (with science, best practices and consultation being central)
- leading on climate change (including an energy efficiency strategy and a renewable energy strategy)
- banning gas drilling in urban areas
- protecting the Castle Wilderness Areas.
Some specific directions and some general; all likely having their own challenges. Priorities will arise, policy will evolve and the ELC looks forward to participating in the learning process and championing strong environmental laws so that all Albertans can enjoy clean air, clean water and a healthy environment.Share this: