The White Paper on Climate Change released by Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on October 18 makes 13 recommendations in the hopes of redirecting the national conversation away from a national carbon pricing policy, as introduced by Prime Minister Trudeau on October 3. A CBC report headlined one of the proposals, to “redeploy” $2.65 billion in federal funds for developing countries to invest in clean technologies, but the real story is that Saskatchewan’s White Paper continues to reject the national carbon pricing scheme, advocating instead for innovative technology such as next-generation carbon capture and storage (CCS), and nuclear power. The Climate Examiner from PICS provides a thorough summary of the White Paper . Climate Justice Saskatoon’s reaction calls for carbon pricing and technological solutions together, and the Pembina Institute states that Premier Wall is out of step with climate reality by remaining outside the fold of provincial support for carbon pricing .
The Saskatchewan’s Boundary Dam Carbon Capture and Storage project which Premier Wall holds up as his solution is the world’s first large-scale application of carbon capture technology in a power plant, according to a profile in the Smart Prosperity newsletter (October 13). SaskWind, a community-owned wind and solar project, released a report in March 2015 which concluded that Boundary Dam generated losses of over of $1-billion, which Saskatchewan’s electricity consumers must pay for. The Boundary Dam website provides its own statistics.