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The Sherburne County generating plant in Becker, Minn., is seen at dusk. The U.S. relies on coal-fired power for 40 per cent of its needs. In Alberta, the figure is more than 50 per cent.
The Sherburne County generating plant in Becker, Minn., is seen at dusk. The U.S. relies on coal-fired power for 40 per cent of its needs. In Alberta, the figure is more than 50 per cent.
(JASON WACHTER/AP)

U.S. emissions pledge puts Alberta on the spot

Washington has laid out a path on climate-change policy, and challenged Ottawa to follow it. One way or another, the road leads directly to Alberta.

President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled a plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal-fired electricity generation by 30 per cent by 2030, and his new ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, urged Canada to join the United States and slash carbon emissions.