What Will Canada Give to Get Keystone XL?

Alison Redford, premier of the Canadian province of Alberta, is coming to Washington tomorrow to lobby Congress on behalf of the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline, which would boost her economy but raise global carbon emissions and endanger the environment of the states it would pass through on its way south. Or, as she puts it, she wants Americans tounderstand “the responsible energy development and the strong environmental policies we have in Alberta.” Good idea, premier. Let me help.

For starters, Redford will probably want to explain Canada’s recent announcement that it will fail to meet the emissions reductions Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised at a United Nations climate summit in 2009. Harper pledged that Canada would cut greenhouse gases to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

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