Canada spent $1M to lobby American lawmakers on carbon capture and storage

OTTAWA - Newly released documents show Canada has spent $1 million on a travelling salesman peddling an unproven technology that has been a darling of the Conservative government.

The documents show the federal government hired a special adviser on climate change and energy to lobby key players in the United States over energy and environmental issues.

The job description includes promoting carbon capture and storage, a made-in-Canada but still unproven technique for pumping greenhouse gas deep underground.

The government created the job in 2009 and documents show the budget for the extra lobbying was more than $1 million over two years.

The need for the job arose from the so-called Clean Energy Dialogue that Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced two years ago with Barack Obama during the U.S. president's maiden trip to Ottawa.

Conservative cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats are working with their American counterparts on a host of environmental and energy issues - including carbon capture and storage.

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