A Made-in-Alberta-Climate-Plan

The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time—and the choices we make now will affect generations to come.

Rakhi Pancholi stands outdoors in the snowy Rocky Mountains in front of a forest near a frozen lake. She is wearing a plum-coloured puffer jacket and is smiling. Her long hair is styled loosely and is blowing in the wind.

 

Albertans care deeply about the environment. We’ve seen this in how people mobilized against coal mining in the Rockies and in the outcry from people across the province when the UCP decided to deny and then restrict renewable projects.

Albertans are, after all, energy leaders.

We know that alongside the imperative to act on climate change, there are immense opportunities in low-carbon technology and renewable energy.

We know that we can decarbonize our oil and gas sector while also growing our renewable energy sector, attracting investment, and creating high-paying jobs.

Based on projects currently proposed, Alberta could attract $36 billion and $277 million in annual municipal revenue in the next few years if the current UCP government did not reject them.

For too long, the topic of climate action in Alberta has been dominated by the debate over a consumer carbon price. This debate has become a hindrance to taking meaningful action. This plan puts forward ideas that meet our legal obligations under the current Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act and prepares us for a future that may include a different federal legislative framework.

The ideas within this plan require broad and meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities. They require in-depth discussion with industry. Brilliant new ideas will come forward from Albertans. Other ideas will be tested, and some will be set aside as challenges become clear or better solutions become available. Between now and the 2027 election, the world will change. The resources available will change.

As Leader of the Alberta NDP, I will invite all Albertans to participate in its further development. Climate change is a defining issue of our times and an existential one for our province. Working as a province, we can rise to the occasion, secure the opportunities we have now and build new opportunities for all of us, all our children and all generations to come.

We have the resources, experience, and expertise to be leaders in the new global economy—and it’s time to act.

A graphic image with a dark blue background and text stating 'A Made-in-Alberta Climate Plan would build:'. Below this header are three blocks. The first block is orange and says 'On past successes'. The second and third blocks are dark blue with white text. The second block reads 'A Decarbonization Strategy'. The third block reads 'A Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy'. The layout is structured to look like building blocks, symbolizing the construction of the climate plan.

A Made-in-Alberta Climate Plan would:

  • Work with industry, climate experts, and Indigenous people to develop a series of five-year targets beginning in 2030 to achieve a net-zero economy by 2050.
  • Decarbonize Alberta’s electricity grid to net-zero by 2035, saving Albertans $600 per year per household.
  • Attract high-paying jobs and global investment by removing barriers to renewable energy projects.
  • Capture a share of federal funding proportionate to Alberta's share of Canada’s overall emissions.
  • Engage and consult with Indigenous communities, including First Nations and Metis people, to identify goals, opportunities, and desired outcomes for an Indigenous Climate Plan.
  • Work with industry, climate experts, and Indigenous people to develop a plan to mitigate the effects of extreme weather events, including but not limited to wildfires, droughts, and floods.
  • Strengthen Alberta’s industrial carbon pricing system and introduce Carbon Contracts for Difference.
  • Work with municipalities to:
    • Reduce energy costs and increase energy choices for Albertans through programs like the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP).
    • Invest in more transportation options and infrastructure.
  • Reform the Alberta Energy Regulator through an independent public inquiry, mandate it to address oil and gas liabilities, and reliably enforce regulations and environmental laws in our province.
  • Broaden TIER’s coverage to smaller emitters, lower the benchmark, and increase TIER’s tightening rate.
  • Dedicate TIER revenues toward emissions reduction for industry and toward activities that make life more affordable for Albertans.
  • Shut down the Canadian Energy Centre, otherwise known as the “Energy War Room,” and reallocate all funding away from UCP partisan activity.
  • Ban coal mining in the Eastern Slopes.
  • Invest in more resilient buildings and better construction jobs by adopting all performance tiers defined in the 2020 National Building Code and National Energy Code for Buildings.
  • Enhance and improve Alberta’s climate adaptation and resilience plans.

Albertans deserve a leader who is committed to climate action.

We have a responsibility to act, and the cost of doing nothing is too great. While wildfires, drought, floods, and storms threaten our way of life, Albertans are also under threat of being left behind as the world’s economy embraces decarbonization.

The current UCP government tells us that we must choose between our past and our future. But I believe we can build on our past and leverage our expertise and experience to seize the greatest opportunity since the discovery of the oil sands — a new energy economy and the next great boom.

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Rakhi will be available for interviews upon request.


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