Target: Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta
Goal: Congratulate Alberta, Canada, on taking steps to phase out coal-powered energy and usher in renewables.
The Canadian province of Alberta, northern neighbor of Montana, is rich in oil and natural gas, and until recently tended to lean conservative in its politics – some have called it the Texas of Canada. But Canadian Texas has proven it’s ahead of the U.S. in terms of climate action. The Alberta government recently brokered a deal with three major coal power producers to shut down their plants, as part of the government’s progressive climate change agenda. This is the latest in a series of progressive energy changes made by the new government.
Last year, Albertans voted the New Democratic Party (NDP), the most left-leaning of Canada’s major political parties, into power. The NDP now governs Alberta for the first time in Canadian history, under the leadership of Rachel Notley – and with a higher percentage of women officials than any other government in Canada.
Shifting public opinion in Alberta, which has ushered in this new government and its clean energy policies, is in part due to growing awareness of issues affecting our planet, and the urgency of reckoning with these issues. Online petition campaigns, like these two published on ForceChange, can have an important hand in this.
The deal comes at no small cost to the government, which will pay over $1 billion Canadian to the coal producers over the next 14 years, in compensation for shutting down their plants early. Still, it’s money well spent if it means Canada will take its place as a world leader on combatting climate change. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips commented: “We have chosen to incentivize new investment in clean energy and improve Albertans’ health by eliminating dangerous air pollution.” Sign our petition to thank the government of Alberta for taking this monumental step.
Dear Ms. Notley,
I am writing to thank you for your efforts promoting clean energy in Alberta. I recently learned of the deal you reached with three of the province’s major coal power producers, to compensate them for shutting down their plants early. This will mean less pollution and contamination risk for the citizens of Alberta, and also an expedited transition to renewable forms of energy.
This deal, along with the government’s plan to spend billions on renewable energy projects in Alberta over the next several years, demonstrates a clear dedication to combatting issues of climate change. I applaud your efforts to make Canada a leader on climate action, and only hope that the rest of the world will soon follow Alberta’s lead.
[Your Name Here]
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