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Premier Rachel Notley: Alberta Will Flourish Under Paris Climate Agreement

12/12/2015 07:32 EST | Updated 12/12/2015 07:59 EST

EDMONTON -- Premier Rachel Notley says she is confident Alberta will be able to contribute and thrive under the climate change targets set out in the so-called Paris Agreement.

The deal, struck by member countries at the UN-sponsored climate summit, commits countries to keeping the rise in global temperatures by the year 2100 to "well below'' 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

That would be an even more ambitious target than the one set out by Notley's government last month in its own climate change plan.

There is concern that meeting those ambitious temperature reduction targets would prove too jarring a jolt to Alberta's petro-based economy, leading to a substantial loss in investment and jobs.

Notley says she is focusing on executing Alberta's plan and meshing it with the national framework.

The federal government plans to bring provinces together within three months to hash out Canada's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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