|I have a few points of particular concern
|The concept of a
"Made in Alberta Plan" is nice jingoism - and an oxymoron.
Greenhouse gas emissions from the USA and China are mixed into the atmosphere
and blown all over the world. They will have far more effect on our climate
than Alberta' emissions.
efficiency improvements reduce emissions?
History says otherwise. Steam engines of 200 years ago were less than
1 % efficient. The current day equivalent gas turbine power plant approaches
60% efficiency. Where have emissions gone? Up and up. We developed grossly
inefficient expensive computers 50 years ago. Now they are small, efficient,
cheap and numerous. It seems efficiency improvements ultimately lead to
proliferation of the technology.
to get some modest credits for forest sinks (20-30 Mtonnes annually). At the same time we consider our forest
products to be a source of 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in Canada.
The products go into houses and most are exported. They retain carbon as a
sink. Why are we not credited, instead of charged, for that? That is a
paradox I can't understand.
only about 1/3 of the world's emissions, now that the USA has dropped out.
Would Canada and the world be better off if we were to try and partner with
the US in an alternative parallel emission reduction strategy?