This is a news compilation setting the record straight on the day’s top stories about the oil and gas industry.
Yesterday the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a biased anti-hydrocarbon think tank, released a report called Big Oil’s Political Reach: Mapping Fossil Fuel Lobbying From Harper to Trudeau detailing advocacy efforts by the oil and gas industry. This report attempts to portray business-as-usual activities as a nefarious attempt by oil and gas companies to influence government policy. All industries promote the positive contributions they make to society and the economy. Oil and gas companies have the same right to communicate the benefits they bring.
This report follows the same activist line of demanding a rapid decline in the use of Canadian fossil fuels. It ignores that anti-Canadian hydrocarbon groups spend much more on political activities than industry. Much of this money comes from foreign sources to groups who ironically don’t protest poorer performing foreign competitors to Canada.
Here are some of the facts on advocacy efforts of anti-Canadian hydrocarbon groups:
- In the 2015 election, anti-hydrocarbons groups outspent any other third party by a margin of 5 to 1.
- Most of the money spent by these third-parties was provided by foreign interest groups who frequently fund anti-oil campaigns.
- The oil and gas industry represents less than 10% of total communications reports over the same time frame — The same percentage their share of the GDP per year.
- The subject matter related to communications between lobbyists and government officials is posted on the lobby registry for transparency. The oil and gas industry isn’t hiding anything.
Canadians know that the oil and gas industry is the best in its class especially when it comes to environmental, social and governance-related matters. It’s a shame the CCPA continues to drag down a pillar of Canadian society for cheap points for its donors.
Foreign-funded environmental groups keep trying to stop Trans Mountain.
- Groups like EcoJustice have been recipients of foreign funding to specifically target the oil and gas industry.
- Foreign-funded groups have taken legitimate concerns of First Nations and have co-opted them into a relationship said by some leaders to be “eco-colonialism”