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Alberta Premier Alison Redford.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford.
(JEFF McINTOSH/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Why Washington harbours doubts about Alberta’s climate plans

Alberta Premier Alison Redford has some explaining to do as she makes the rounds in Washington on Tuesday stumping for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Ms. Redford and her counterparts in the Harper government have put forward two key arguments in urging President Barack Obama to ignore oil sands critics and approve the project: Canada is a responsible resource producer and will be imposing new emissions regulations on the oil sands. And, oil sands development is inevitable, with or without KXL, so the pipeline itself won’t increase greenhouse-gas emissions by driving bitumen production higher.