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'We ride horses not unicorns': Notley blasts pipeline opponents

Last Updated Oct 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm PDT

FILE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
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'To tackle climate change we have to take meaningful steps to reduce emissions.': Notley

Notley attacks pipeline opponents, but concedes Alberta needs to take action against climate change

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) -Alberta’s premier spoke to teachers at an Alberta Teachers’ Association conference, following remarks by Tzeporah Berman.

Rachel Notley said on her Facebook page, “Building a pipeline so we can get fair value for our resources is key to us building a more diversified and secure future.”

She also wrote, “We Albertans take our responsibilities to future generations seriously. That’s why we’re leaders on climate and innovation, why we produce our energy products to the highest standards in the world and why we’re fighting to get them to new markets.”

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She says there are people in Alberta, including her political opponents, that deny climate change, but her government takes the issue seriously.

“To tackle climate change we have to take meaningful steps to reduce emissions. As Canada’s largest carbon emitter, Alberta has a unique responsibility in this regard. It’s a responsibility that I accept, and I believe that most Albertans accept.”

Notley says even though dealing with climate change is important the province can’t leave the energy industry high and dry.

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“Here in Alberta, we ride horses, not unicorns. I invite pipeline opponents to saddle up on something that is real.”

She adds those who work in the energy field are the ones who will lead us in the battle against climate change because they will be finding new energy opportunities.

“If we write off the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of working women and men, I guarantee you we will write off the ability on climate, and quite frankly on just about any other progressive change.”

She says with the current carbon reduction plan, the money Alberta makes with pipelines will be reinvested into a more diversified and secure economy.

You can watch Notley’s full address below.

Standing up for Alberta at the ATA

Building a pipeline so we can get fair value for our resources is key to us building a more diversified and secure future.Watch as I make the case for Alberta and our industry, counter misinformation and ensure that the whole story is told.

Posted by Rachel Notley on Saturday, October 13, 2018