Oilpatch wants growth policies from Alberta politicians; carbon price absent
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Oilpatch wants growth policies from Alberta politicians; carbon price absent

Last Updated Jan 22, 2019 at 11:51 am MDT

Tim McMillan, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers President and CEO, speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 26, 2018. Canada's energy industry has released what it wants to see from Alberta politicians as they head into an expected spring election. In a platform released this morning, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says politicians should enact policies that will double the industry's growth rate by 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

CALGARY — The energy industry has revealed what it wants to see from Alberta politicians as they gear up for a spring election.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says politicians should enact policies that will double the industry’s growth rate by 2020.

It wants tax cuts, shorter regulatory times and government support for six new energy pipelines.

There is no mention of a price on carbon or a cap on oilsands emissions, both of which were brought in by Alberta’s current NDP government.

Association president Tim McMillan says the International Energy Agency predicts oil and gas demand is on track to grow and he believes Canada’s well-regulated oilpatch should be filling those markets.

The agency also forecasts a three-degree rise in global temperatures by 2040 — well past the threshold at which scientists say dangerous climate change impacts will occur.

The Canadian Press