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Priority Lists: Climate Change and Alberta Municipalities

priority lists: There were some common concerns preoccupying municipal leaders, like economic development, planning, transportation, and water supply, according to Toronto Star. Pumpjacks near Halkirk, Alta., on June 20, 2007. Researchers at the University of Calgary recently surveyed more than 1,000 municipalities across the country, asking their mayors and councillors to rank the importance of a range of issues. A new study shows climate change is significantly lower on Alberta municipalities' priority lists than in British Columbia. On a four-point scale of importance from slightly to extremely important, climate change was ranked more than one point higher in B.C. than in Alberta. Larry Mac Dougal / The Canadian Press But rankings were far from universal, and one of the biggest differences was how likely municipal politicians in Alberta and their neighbours to the west were to view climate change as a significant issue, said Jack Lucas, co-author of the study and an assistant professor in U of C's political science department. ( As reported in the news.