Pembina Institute poll finds 60% of 18,000 respondents say the province must do more to enforce environmental rules.
Survey suggests there’s even more support if the money collected were for a specific purpose, such as emissions technologies.
Environment minister Shannon Phillips said the world’s approach to energy is changing and Alberta must change with it.
Gallant said such a strategy would be a catalyst for projects like the proposed Energy East pipeline.
Large emitters will now be expected to cut their emissions by 20% per unit of production by 2017.
The Oilsands Environmental coalition says it will resubmit its application.
Governments need to mitigate risks and regional disparities associated with rapid oilsands expansion, institute says.
Ottawa challenges EU fuel quality directive that targets oil sands.
Pembina Institute says that’s only going to happen if upcoming federal regulations go much farther than those already in place.