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 citing report from anti-oil and gas group tries to slam natural gas usage for cooking.
Natural gas stoves are one of the cleanest methods for cooking and in Canada, it’s no exception.
- The organization whose biased report is cited by the article to slam natural gas is heavily funded by anti-oil and gas groups like the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Climate Breakthrough Project.
- According to the WHO, electricity and natural gas are among the cleanest solutions to keep indoor air quality above WHO guidelines.
- 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.
Here are some stories that get it right, or mostly right.
Merle Masse from the University of Saskatchewan writes that farming and the oil and gas industry are intrinsically mixed. Farming requires vast amounts of energy, and most of that comes from the hydrocarbons we extract from the ground. She says that the so-called ‘just’ transition, where oil and gas workers are retrained for other industries — will leave every farm in Western Canada (conventional and organic) behind. There are financial leaps and technological advances that need to be made before a transition can happen, which is something promoters tend to ignore. The reality is that we need to listen to the scientific consensus around climate change and build a policy that works for farmers. You cannot automatically switch from a diesel-powered combine to an electric one.