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Ottawa greenlights Alberta’s carbon plan designed to save large emitters over $330 million

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Alberta’s new plan, which comes into effect in 2020, sets individual greenhouse gas targets for large facilities based on recent emissions levels. It replaces a provincial plan that set targets at an industry-wide level. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The agreement follows two months of particularly tense relations between Ottawa and Alberta, and a federal election in which the Liberals failed to win a seat in the province. Both the Alberta government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers praised the decision. However, the détente may be short lived. The current federal price on carbon for large emitters is $30 per tonne. That goes up to $40 in 2021, and Alberta is already saying it will oppose the move. There are also a number of other ongoing issues causing tensions between the province and the federal government, not least of which is the Wexit separatist movement. Premier Jason Kenney, one-third of Alberta’s cabinet and one-third of the province’s deputy ministers are heading to Ottawa next week to push for more from the federal government.