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Let’s target the real climate culprit – emissions, not Alberta – The Globe and Mail

Harrie Vredenburg is a professor and Suncor Chair in Strategy & Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

At times during the recent election campaign, it seemed environmentally progressive Canadians were not so much concerned with addressing climate change as with virtuously signalling their opposition to oil, and specifically to Alberta. An engineering professor told me about an experience where he asked an audience: “If we could develop a technology to extract energy from oil reservoirs while leaving the carbon in the ground, who would be interested in that?” Not one hand went up. It is a sad commentary on our body politic.

While some like to portray Calgary as a city of oil industry climate retrogrades, the reality is far from that. In a city with a highly educated population of professionals – the headquarters of Canada’s energy industry and the home of three universities and an institute of technology – there are people working on radical climate mitigating innovations.

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