This is a news compilation setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas stories and providing research and facts to counter misinformation about the oil and gas industry.
Knowledge for an Ecologically Sustainable Future?: Innovation Policy and Alberta Universities
A biased report written by an anti-oil and gas professor criticizes investment into research into oil and gas development and providing reliable energy, even if the investments are meant to reduce emissions.
Anti-oil and gas activists don’t care if the oil and gas industry invests the most in clean technology to produce reliable and sustainable energy. They will not be satisfied until they kill it.
- The Parkland Institute was intentionally created to become what its founder, Gordon Laxer, describes as the “Unofficial Opposition” to the pro-resource Progressive Conservative government of the time.
- The author of this biased report from the Parkland Institute was the main author of a letter back in March of this year that was signed by other activists to attempt to sway the federal government from supporting the oil and gas industry through the economic crisis.
- This report characterizes new technological advancements like carbon capture, which the latest project in Alberta is expected to capture 20% of oil sands emissions, as being only useful for an energy source they say needs to be eliminated.
- Even though governments have contributed funding for research into technology to help extract resources with the least environmental impacts, the oil and gas industry is the heaviest funder of cleantech and environmental spending.
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- Providing reliable and sustainable energy is the challenge of our time, as the world population grows to 10 billion in the next 30 years. Getting rid of oil and gas won’t help solve this problem, investing in solutions like zero-emission extraction and carbon capture will.
Here are some stories that get it right, or mostly right.
Canadian Indigenous company Natural Law Energy will invest up to C$1 in the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to stop the project. Many Indigenous communities rely on natural resource extraction to support their communities and fight on-reserve poverty. “It sends a strong message to the U.S. government that this is not a project that indigenous people uniformly oppose,” said Ken Coates, public policy professor at University of Saskatchewan. Indigenous companies are looking at other investments in pipeline projects like Trans Mountain, signaling a growing shift in participation with the natural resource industry.