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Greta Thunberg's planned visit to Alberta creates divide between ministers over meeting

Last Updated Oct 16, 2019 at 7:57 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A teenage climate activist is planning to make an appearance in Alberta and is sparking a lot of discussion within the Kenney government.

Greta Thunberg announced last week she will be visiting the province and on Sunday she tweeted that she was in Montana.

A Calgary Councillor and a TsuuT’ina leader have already reached out to Thunberg for the chance to meet with her and have her speak at local events.

While Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage also tweeted saying she would welcome the teenaged activist who has ruffled the feathers of some in the energy industry.

“An opportunity for Greta to come here with an open mind, see our beautiful province and learn how Albertans are proud to produce energy the world needs with the highest environmental, social, and governance standards. Then she should visit other energy-producing countries,” Savage said.

And Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon said he has not heard from Thunberg about a meeting and says she is unaware of what the province needs.

“When you look at some of Ms. Thunberg’s comments, she doesn’t understand our province and she doesn’t understand the reality that to accomplish climate change goals worldwide, that we need Alberta as part of that solution,” Nixon added.

Her arrival also sparked comments from former Premier Rachel Notley saying we need to be open-minded, even if you don’t agree with everything Thunberg says.

“While I obviously don’t agree with every prescription that Greta is proposing, I definitely  do agree that we have a problem and we need to take that problem seriously,” Notely said