Friday, May 4, 2012

Canadian Government Spending on Dirty Projects

While the ruling Canadian Conservatives are making major cuts to spending including venerable institutions like Environment Canada, the government is spending hundreds of millions on dirty energy projects. These dirty projects will have a significantly negative impact on Canada's already dismal level of GHG emissions. This spending includes support for coal fired power projects and the tar sands.

As reported in the Montreal Gazette, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is spending on things like fossil-fuel development. A total of $343 million has been allocated for TransAlta's Project Pioneer coal-fired power project in Alberta, $240 million for SaskPower's Boundary Dam coal-fired power project in Saskatchewan, $120 million for Shell's Quest Project at its Alberta oilsands upgrader, and $63 million for Enhance Energy's Alberta Carbon Trunk Line pipeline.

It is tragically ironic that except for a dam project, most of the federal money is to come from the Clean Energy Fund.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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