The Saskatchewan government confirmed earlier today they applied to the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund.

This after the federal government already told the province if they didn't sign Pan-Canadian Framework they wouldn't receive the $62 million earmarked for them.

Dustin Duncan, Environment Minister for the Saskatchewan government, said if the federal government doesn't give them the funds then this isn't really about reducing the countries carbon footprint.

"If this is really about emission reductions then here are 11 projects that over the lifetime of the projects will reduce nearly 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere," he said. "We're certainly hopeful that the federal government will change their position and have a look at the projects."

The province's application included 11 projects that cost over $200 million and according to them will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 188 million tonnes.

"Our point in all of this that this initial $62 million should continue to be set aside for the province of Saskatchewan," he said. "We shouldn't be competing against others for these dollars."

Ducan said if the province is turned away from the money it would go to the challenge fund which would be open to other jurisdictions and third-party proponents.

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