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Look for energy-industry solutions, not scapegoats

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Energy markets are changing and so is our climate. These are not just facts, they are the lived experience of Albertans dealing with a downturn that feels different this time — and the fires, smoke and floods that have come to define our summers.

Nothing matters more right now than determining how to find a way for Albertans to thrive through this reality. However, the hard and honest conversations we need to have about our energy sector are being hijacked. Our future matters too much to let that happen.

Last week, Pembina Institute released our Energy Policy Leadership report, which includes 23 reasonable recommendations for consideration by the parties vying to lead Alberta.

We know that Alberta’s economy is built on our natural wealth — including oil and gas as well as sun, wind and water. With this in mind, the recommendations include embracing technological innovation, renewable energy and energy efficiency. They also include policy improvements for oilsands, so the sector can compete in the low-carbon future.

The work we have always done at Pembina addresses a very practical problem: how does Alberta’s energy sector continue to thrive in an increasingly carbon-constrained........

© Edmonton Journal