Sins of omission: Who's looking out for the environment

Who indeed?

While Alberta has taken initiatives on its own, they have been limited. Stelmach introduced his carbon tax in 2007, though it applied only to a fraction of emissions. It has diverted 51 megatonnes in emissions in seven years. Alberta’s total emissions are now roughly 250 megatonnes a year. Under Stelmach, Alberta also pledged $2-billion in funding for four carbon-capture facilities. Two of these have since collapsed due to cost pressures and the other two haven’t begun operation.