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.
Anti-oil and gas activist doctors start campaign to shame natural gas users in B.C. with non-medical opinions about emissions and sensationalist claims like natural gas stoves are harming kids
It’s disingenuous of physicians to be giving climate advice and misrepresenting Health Canada Guidelines.
- According to the WHO, electricity and natural gas are among the cleanest solutions to keep indoor air quality above WHO guidelines.
- The physicians misrepresent Canada Health Guidelines when they say most gas stoves don’t meet indoor air quality standards. This is the direct quote from the Canada Health Guidelines which consistent with independent research says modern gas stoves with proper ventilation are safe:
“Data from Canadian indoor air studies indicate that the concentration of NO2 in most electric stove homes will rarely exceed this level and that this concentration is also attainable in gas stove homes when adequate stovetop ventilation is used.”
- There are two clean indoor cooking options, electricity and natural gas. It’s worth noting that it is faulty electrical equipment that is the most common cause of house fires.
- Canadian natural gas is the most responsibly produced in the world. By producing natural gas domestically and replacing other fuels like coal in China, we can help decrease emissions globally.
- According to the International Energy Agency, natural gas usage has helped save 500 million tonnes of emissions.
- Natural gas accounts for 30% of B.C.’s end-use energy demand and is an important contributor to the BC economy while helping to reduce global emissions.
Here are some stories that get it right, or mostly right.
Cenovus has been replacing thousands of old instruments, like transducers and pressure controllers, for new “low-bleed” or “no-bleed” devices to help reduce methane emissions. About 1,000 of these instrument switches made through the end of 2019 alone have resulted in carbon dioxide (CO2) savings equivalent to almost 11,000 cars taken off the road for one year. Canada’s oil and gas industry has the technology to tackle emissions and clearly they’re using it.