This is a news compilation setting the record straight on the day’s top stories about the oil and gas industry.
This year, Canada’s oil and gas industry saw a rollercoaster of events unfold. From Coastal GasLink, A Tanker Ban, Bill-C-69, The Carbon Tax to Trans Mountain, Canadians had mountains of information thrown at them. The Canadian Energy Network has compiled some of the top stories of the year and how to talk about them with your friends and family. On behalf of the Canadian Energy Network, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year!
Year in Review
Instead of shifting emissions elsewhere, why don’t we use technology to reduce them?
- An increase in carbon taxes will harm the economy and increase emissions in other countries further.
- Technological advances like co-generation of electricity from the steam used for oil recovery is estimated to decrease emissions by 170 megatonnes!
Carbon leakage is an important social, environmental and economic issue that needs more study.
- 94,000 jobs and $21.1 billion are at risk, mainly in the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.
- For every unit of Canadian production like primary metals that is shifted, net global emissions could increase around three-fold with a potential carbon leakage rate around 300%.
Vote For Canadian Energy
- Canada’s environmental, social and governance standards are among the best in the world. These standards make our resources the best in the world, making people’s lives better.
- When Canadian resources are exported to other countries, we lower overall emissions and help save the planet.
Eliminating historic climate data is lying to the public.
- Lower voter turnouts have been attributed to negative public opinion towards politicians and governments. Manipulating climate data will only further this divide.
- Hiding the real data about climate change is an ineffective way to solve this global issue.
Even the Liberals aren’t motivated by their own carbon tax to reduce emissions. They are even willing to pay more for carbon offsets that experts say are ineffective
- The Conference Board of Canada report Cost of a Cleaner Future found the carbon tax to be inefficient over $200 per tonne and would cost the economy billions.
- Prominent Liberal carbon tax supporter, Ecofiscal Commission capitulated and agreed carbon taxes aren’t sufficient and ‘supplementary measures’ would be needed, prompting the resignation of economist Jack Mintz from their group — he called the revised approach a tax grab.
- The Trottier report found carbon taxes needed to be prohibitively high, recommended using regulations — which carbon taxes were supposed to eliminate.
- The Conservative Party of Canada is taking a progressive approach by focusing on the implementation of proven technology to reduce GHGs.
Coastal Gas Link
The world needs Canadian LNG.
- Canadian LNG will be the cleanest in the world — being produced with hydroelectricity from British Columbia.
- Producing LNG in Canada will not just keep domestic emissions low but will lower emissions globally by being exported across the world to places that burn dirtier fuel and have less environmental standards.
As predicted, the ban is only helping less environmentally friendly producers.
- The tanker ban is a punitive piece of legislation that does nothing to protect Canadian waters since 85% of tanker traffic occurs on the East Coast.
- The northern coast of B.C. was found by Transport Canada to have the least likely environmental risk. The authority that regulates shipping on the West Coast reports no tanker incidents.
The bill had numerous flaws acknowledged by industry and politicians
- There was a significant lack of scientific evidence to support the intent of the bill. For example, the risk and frequency of large spills from tankers is extremely low.
- Indigenous groups such as the Lax Kw’alaams were opposed to the bill due to lack of consultation.
Government rejected around 90 per cent of amendments put forward by industry, rejecting some proposals outright while amending several others.
- Consideration for Stakeholders and local communities directly impacted by a project is now jeopardized and could be drowned out by other influences.
- C-69 signals to investors that Canada is still in fact not open for business. Investment in the industry has decreased from $81 billion in 2014, to $37 billion in 2019.
Except that only 24% of Canadians disapprove of the pipeline.
- Canadians overwhelmingly support getting our products to market to tidewater through the Trans Mountain pipeline.
- Opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline can increase emissions elsewhere, due to Canada’s high environmental standards.
Indigenous groups support getting our hydrocarbons to market.
- Initiatives like Project Reconciliation can help First Nations along Trans Mountain’s route by returning resource shipping profits to the traditional owners of the land from which those resources came.
- Industry partnering with Indigenous groups can help First Nations unlock the vast amounts of hydrocarbons under their traditional lands, bringing prosperity and social benefits to combat poverty.
Canada as a leader in hydrocarbon production
Canadians truly are the best in the world at hydrocarbon development.
- Other countries want our hydrocarbon resources, which will help reduce global emissions through our cleaner production standards and technology.
- The industry spends billions on research and development to continue to expand our ability to develop our resources at the highest standards. It is this commitment to excellence that makes Canada a global leader.
Another example of Canadian technology helping reduce emissions.
- Investing in technology in the Canadian oil and gas industry leads to more clean technology which brings down costs and emissions overall while providing reliable energy.
- Projects like Imperial’s enhanced bitumen recovery pilot will significantly reduce emissions and water usage, maintaining Canada’s environmental advantage with clean technology.
Canada outranks major oil-producing nations in environmental performance and social progress.
- Canada beat out every major oil and gas producing country on Yale’s Environmental Performance Index.
- Canada excelled past other major oil and gas producing countries in the social progress category, keeping up our commitment to human rights.
Millions have been spent on anti-Canadian hydrocarbon campaigns
- U.S. foundations have been pouring money into anti-Canadian hydrocarbon organizations to stop production in our oil and gas sector.
- Even with the meticulous debunking of the foreign funds flowing into Canada by researchers like Vivian Krause, they still continue to fund anti-Canadian hydrocarbon campaigners.
The truth is, Canada’s oil industry supports human development and can reduce global emissions.
- Increased energy production and consumption is correlated with high levels of well being, Canadian resources can improve the lives of those in least developed nations.
- Foreign funded opposition prevent the Canadian oil and gas industry from providing these resources by blocking pipelines that would give us greater market access.
The “Leave It In The Ground” movement ignores the reality of consequences.
- By leaving Canadian hydrocarbons in the ground, activists unwittingly increase global emissions elsewhere, due to production in less environmentally friendly regions.
- Leaving Canadian hydrocarbons in the ground also means that Canadians lose out on the benefits that they bring including keeping us heated in the winter natural gas, or keeping roads paved with bitumen.
Foreign Funded ‘News’ Organization The Tyee Still Claims Oil Industry Influencing Election.
On September 19th, foreign-funded ‘news’ organization The Tyee reiterated its anti-Canadian hydrocarbon stance by putting out more allegations that the Conservative Party is in the pockets of a select group of oil and gas companies.
Clearly The Tyee is pandering to its donor bias and would rather see our Canadian resource advantage be kept in the ground than contribute to a better environment and world.
Obviously they are trying to turn the tyeeds of the election.
Here are some quick facts about The Tyee:
- The Tyee is backed by ENGO money and is an anti-development, anti-human progress site.
- According to research from Vivian Krause, they received foreign funding from the Tides Foundation for the anti-Canadian hydrocarbon “Tar Sands Campaign.”
With the vast amount of innovation, technology, and spending on the environment, its hard to see why The Tyee would be against an industry that can reduce global emissions.