Albertas environment minister says carbon tax may be temporary

Alberta’s environment minister says carbon tax may be temporary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s environment minister is optimistic the government won’t have to collect the new carbon tax forever.Shannon Phillips made the comments during a speech at the Conference Board of Canada’s Oil and Gas Summit.She also took the opportunity to go over the government’s climate change plan again, explaining it’s necessary because of the worldwide desire to confront global warming.It was the first time the government has suggested the carbon tax would be temporary, but interim PC Leader Ric McIver remains concerned the province doesn’t have a plan to help people working in the energy sector who will be affected by the new policies.“They won’t be producing coal, they won’t be producing electricity with coal, there will be a limit on the growth of the energy industry,” he said. “What I did not hear is what people will be doing instead of all those industries and that is the biggest concern for me.”“I would say that the high ideals expressed for the environment are a good thing but what was missing for me is the reality check that four million people need to make a living,” added McIver.Phillips says the government is keenly aware the low price of oil remains an issue for the province, especially as they do their budget deliberations.“This is not Alberta’s first rodeo with respect to forecasting the price of oil, this is a province that knows this topic very well and we rely on our best advice and make our budget deliberations from there,” said Phillips.She echoed Finance Minister Joe Ceci’s comments that several projects may need to be put on hold as a result of the economic situation. by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 12, 2016 7:16 am MDT Env. Minister Shannon Phillips speaks at the Oil and Gas Summit. January 11, 2016. (Lucas Meyer, 660 NEWS)

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