McKenna won’t say if Canada can develop oilsands and meet climate targets
MONTREAL — Canada’s environment minister wouldn’t say on Tuesday how her government plans to meet its climate change commitments and also greenlight new pipeline projects. Catherine McKenna told reporters after a luncheon speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations that Canada needs to de-carbonize its economy but stressed it won’t happen overnight. ``We have made a lot of investments in green technology and clean technology and that’s the direction of our government,’’ she said. ``But it’s clear we also need jobs.’’ Canada has come under increased pressure from environmentalists to explain how the country can continue to develop Alberta’s oilsands and also meet ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets. The country’s energy industry is forecasting an expansion of the oilsands to meet growing world demand.