EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she is going to Washington, D.C. mainly to spread the word on her government’s climate-change plan.
Notley says Alberta taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint is a story that needs to be emphasized with decision-makers and those with reach and influence.
The premier is to fly out Wednesday and meet with elected officials and David MacNaughton, Canadian ambassador to the United States.
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Notley is to give a speech at the Center for Canadian Studies at John Hopkins University on Thursday.
Alberta’s climate-change plan outlines goals to cap oilsands emissions, eliminate coal-fired electricity and introduce a broad-based carbon tax.
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Notley says when others see that Alberta is serious about environmental protection, it gives the province more credibility when it advocates for fossil-fuel infrastructure such as pipelines.
Notley’s three-day trip, which includes three political staff members, one department staff member and two security members, will cost $32,000.