Alberta’s Current Carbon Strategy No Match for Keystone’s Emissions, Figures Show | InsideClimate News

In the tiny hamlet of Hairy Hill, Alberta, a highly energy-efficient grain-fed distillery does what it can to offset some of the greenhouse gas emissions spewed by the province\’s dirtier industries—mainly the tar sands.

The upstart company called Growing Power Hairy Hill turns grain, manure and household waste into liquid fuel and electricity while emitting essentially no greenhouse gases. It says it is Canada\’s first \”integrated biorefinery.\”

Hairy Hill is one small gear in Canada\’s carbon-control strategy as the nation struggles to rein in its soaring greenhouse gas emissions. And it is one among more than four dozen government-funded projects that officials hope will help persuade President Obama to approve the Keystone XL, the cross-border pipeline that has been immobilized for years as the Obama administration considers its environmental and climate consequences.

But despite its low carbon footprint, the emissions credits the plant earns under Alberta\’s complex carbon offsetting scheme are a drop in the bucket compared to what the Keystone would add to the atmosphere.

via Alberta’s Current Carbon Strategy No Match for Keystone’s Emissions, Figures Show | InsideClimate News.

Author: Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.

2 thoughts on “Alberta’s Current Carbon Strategy No Match for Keystone’s Emissions, Figures Show | InsideClimate News”

  1. I agree that becoming involved in electoral politics is important, and the single issue approach is probably the most persuasive argument. Do you really think its the glamor of public spotlight (and the hideous inconvenience of having a record) or anxiety about preventing it right now? That is, I think electoral politics can be seen as a much longer approach whereas folks are worried about it being passed right now. You’re advocating a double-pronged strategy. That’s really important. Thanks so much for posting!


  2. was at a meeting here in Nebraska of rancher-reps and liberal city folks the other day trying to convince them that if they want to really stop the XL that they would have to get involved in electoral politics even if just as single-issue voters, but they are too taken with being protestors, hard to sell the daily grind of governance to people caught up in the romance of acting in the public spotlight…


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