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Science not settled on climate change: Smith

The leader of a front-running party in Alberta's provincial election has cast doubt on the widely accepted scientific theory that human activity is a leading cause of global warming.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith made the comment in an online leaders debate organized by two Postmedia newspaper.

“We have always said the science isn't settled and we need to continue to monitor the debate,” said Smith in response to a direct question from a reader.

“We recognize the world is in a long-term transition away from hydrocarbon fuels. We believe the best way to reduce emissions is through consumer rebates for energy audits, microgeneration and home renovations, as well as broad-based tax breaks for investment in R&D for new environmental technologies.”

A Wildrose official confirmed Smith's statement reflects a longtime party policy.

Smith has always been coy about whether she believes carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are altering the Earth's climate.

She declined to respond to Liberal Leader Ray Sherman's question: “Danielle, are you seriously denying climate change?”

But during the debate she said her party believes that not enough is known about climate change.

Progressive Conservative Leader Alison Redford was non-committal on the science.

“Climate change is a real issue on the international stage with respect to energy production, our reputation and ability to export.”

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