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B.C. concerns about national energy strategy a minor problem: think-tank

Gerry Protti (left) and Doug Black (right) from the Energy Policy Institute of Canada speak at a news conference in Calgary, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. The group has unveiled a framework for a national energy strategy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

CALGARY - A report by the Calgary-based Energy Policy Institute of Canada recommends work begin immediately on a national energy strategy.

President Doug Black has released a framework for developing a federal energy plan and says concerns expressed by B.C. Premier Christy Clark are a small setback when everything is said and done.

Clark is refusing to come to the table to discuss a national energy strategy until B.C. is guaranteed financial rewards from the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would run through the province.

The report recommends that a committee of provincial and federal ministers — as well as First Nations leaders — begins work immediately on a strategy.

The report also talks about the need to find more markets for Canadian energy and to diversify beyond oil and gas.

The 150-page document, which has been sent to the federal and provincial governments, also calls for a review of carbon management.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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