Sunday, March 08, 2009
Alberta could teach BC a thing or two about Climate Change Policy
Using the selling and trading of carbon credits to develop viable alternative energy projects is already a reality in BC's greener neighbour to the east--Alberta.
Alberta? If you don't believe me, just visit http://www.carbonoffsetsolutions.ca/ . That is where Alberta companies can peruse offers of carbon credits that have been earned through the curtailment of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. As journalist Sheila Pratt has written in a couple of important articles in the Edmonton Journal in February , this carbon-trading system has made it easier for a company named Highmark Renewables to profitably turn almost any kind of organic waste -- slaughterhouse waste, sugar beet waste, municipal sewage -- into biogas. Not only can the energy be sold, but so can the carbon credits they earn for reducing GHGs. And--even better--Highmark's ethanol plants need not take land out of food production, since they are powered by manure from adjacent feedlots.
This is an idea that could be useful in the Cariboo, where the ranching industry could benefit from power generation by feedlots, or even elsewhere in British Columbia, by helping to make farmland more profitable, thereby reinforcing the viability of the Land Reserve. And that is no B.S.