McKenna won’t say if Canada can de­velop oil­sands and meet cli­mate targets

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

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.

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