Trudeau supports pipelines, but wants 'responsible' energy production

Trudeau supports pipelines, but wants 'responsible' energy production
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauA third-party Green candidate is greatest threat to Democrats Forget Greenland — Trump should offer statehood to these Canadian provinces How Justin Trudeau can make his second act a success MORE reiterated his support for oil pipeline projects on Thursday but said Canada needs to do a better job highlighting its work on moving natural resources “responsibility, sustainably, ethically, thinking about the long term.”

Asked about the rejected Keystone XL pipeline at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington on Thursday, Trudeau said "one of the most important jobs of any Canadian prime minister is making sure we’re getting our resources to market.”

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But he said his government needs to do a better job emphasizing its focus on more sustainable energy production. 

“We’ve had to do a lot to restore Canadians’ confidence that we are being thoughtful and responsible in our approach to this and go a long way towards reassuring the global community that Canada is very much aware and responsive to the challenges we face," he said.

Greens had criticized Trudeau’s predecessor, Stephen Harper, for not doing enough on climate issues, including issuing underwhelming carbon reduction goals and emphasizing oil production from Alberta’s oil sands. 

Since taking office in October, Trudeau has used a different tact, saying the country is ready to play its part in addressing climate change. At the same time, he’s stood by the country’s energy sector, criticizing President Obama’s November decision to reject the Keystone pipeline.

On Thursday, Trudeau said Canada can manage to both produce energy and be environmentally-friendly. 

“We have to move forward in a way that highlights that our resources — our brand as country — is one of responsibility, sustainability, ethical behaviors, responsible actions, and there’s more work to be done on that,” he said. “That’s very much how we’re moving forward.”