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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.
Article hoping for a green recovery commitment when Parliament resumes leaves out economic and Indigenous issues of getting rid of oil and gas.
Canada’s oil and gas industry is a driver of the economy, environmentally sustainable, and supports Indigenous communities.
- The world’s population is growing and will require a lot of energy to support it. Canada should be the world’s energy supplier with our environmental, social, and governance ranking being #1 among the top 10 oil and gas producers.
- Canada will need to generate a lot of foreign exchange to drive recovery. Even with the negative economic impacts from COVID, we’ve still exported $35,011,235,770 in oil and gas or 15.5% of Canada’s total exports as of June 2020
- Canada’s oil and gas industry is the largest investor of any industry for environmental and clean technology spending. They invested $1.45 billion for clean technology in 2016 alone.
- Indigenous communities are concerned that a ‘green’ recovery will leave out the oil and gas industry which has provided them with opportunity and prosperity.
- The oil and gas industry also brings high employment income for Indigenous people. Those who work in oil and gas extraction and in pipeline transportation can expect a median income of $144,034 and $142,883 respectively
Here are some stories that get it right, or mostly right.
Stephen Buffalo, president of the Indian Resource Council and Ken Coates write that Indigenous people are worried about the unintended consequences of a potential ‘green’ recovery. They note that though they understand the need to reduce environmental impacts, Indigenous communities have also worked exceedingly hard to carve out a niche in Canada’s oil and gas industry. Indigenous communities have engaged with the oil and gas industry for solid reasons: to build prosperity, employment and business and to gain more autonomy. They note that if the promotion of the so-called “green economy” does not leave a prominent place for a prosperous oil and gas sector, federal policy could undo the strides Indigenous communities have made for themselves.