Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has released the province’s White Paper on Climate Change.
The paper is an alternate approach to the federal government’s national carbon-tax.
Wall said the first of the 3-pronged approach to fighting climate change is adaptation.
“We’re urging the federal government to at least double it’s current budget, to assist regions, especially northern regions, in adapting to climate” the Premier said.
The proposed increase in funding would be allocated towards climate change adaptation research, planning, and infrastructure for target areas affected by climate change, such as remote northern communities.
The second approach was innovation. Wall called on the federal government to do a number of things, including a potential partnership between Saskatchewan and Ottawa, to develop the next generation of carbon capture and storage technology.
“I think we can do it here in Canada,” Wall said with emphasis, “we can lead in that way.”
Taxation, or pricing as Saskatchewan’s premier put it, was the third and final way of dealing with climate change.
Wall said that approach would come into play, once the province’s economy is gets back up on it’s feet.
“We will move on our long standing commitment, to have a tech fund in this province, funded by heavy emitters, Wall said, “it will not be used for general revenues.”
“It will be used to find technologies that actually deal with the problem.”
Of the three, Wall stated Saskatchewan should be focusing on innovation and adaptation, not taxation.