The Red Cham­ber Reaches Out

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

Richard Neufeld is used to be­ing the fo­cus of at­ten­tion. From 2001 to 2009, Neufeld served as Bri­tish Columbia’s Min­is­ter of En­ergy, Mines and Petroleum Re­sources at a time when Premier Gor­don Camp­bell in­tro­duced North Amer­ica’s first rev­enue-neu­tral car­bon tax. The prov­ince was then en­joy­ing a new­found boom in its in­dus­trial and en­ergy sec­tors.

More re­cently, he toured the of­fices and town halls of West­ern Canada’s en­ergy, min­ing and forestry economies, lis­ten­ing once again to the ar­gu­ments for and against car­bon pric­ing and its po­ten­tial im­pacts on eco­nomic growth. A fed­eral Con­ser­va­tive, Neufeld was ap­pointed to rep­re­sent B.C. in the Se­nate in 2008 on the ad­vice of Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper, whose gov­ern­ment was then ad­vo­cat­ing for a na­tional cap and trade sys­tem to reg­u­late car­bon. Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Cal­gary, Neufeld sat down with Al­berta Oil to dis­cuss his com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions for the gov­ern­ment on pur­su­ing a low-car­bon econ­omy.

Sen­a­tor Richard Neufeld, Chair of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on En­ergy, the En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources

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