Alberta Premier lobbies for $7b Keystone pipeline

“Alberta Premier Alison Redford is in Washington this weekend to champion the Keystone XL pipeline project, with a decision looming by the White House on whether to allow the $7-billion project to move forward. Redford and Alberta Environment Minister Diana McQueen are in Washington to observe the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. Several key governors are lobbying for the Keystone project to proceed, as it will generate construction jobs in their states,” CTV News wrote in an online article yesterday. The article continued, “Redford says she wants to get to the bottom of the dialogue around the pipeline decision in the United States following recent comment by both U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry about taking strong action against global warming. The message they want to deliver this weekend is that Alberta has already taken action to reduce carbon emissions from energy projects, she told CTV’s Question Period on Sunday. ‘It’s one of the reasons we spend so much time in Washington, to be able to be here to talk about what we’ve already done in Alberta.’ Read the full article here. | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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