Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories.
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Action Network call to action calls Trans Mountain a global climate catastrophe and violates Indigenous rights.
THE FACTS: Activist call to action for targeting Trans Mountain insurers leaves out that the majority of First Nations are in favor of the project and that it could reduce global emissions.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about pipeline insurance.
- The push for insurance companies to stop insuring Trans Mountain has been an ongoing campaign by foreign-funded anti-oil and gas activist organizations like Stand.earth.
- Would you tell insurance companies to stop insuring cars because you don’t like cars? We make insurance mandatory for your car and many other things like pipelines because there is a public benefit. In the very unlikely event of a serious car accident not only are you covered but so are other people.
It is simply irresponsible and against the public interest to campaign against insurance. The pipeline is covered but so is the public. The problem with activists who don’t like pipelines is they don’t think past that.
- This study from Navius Research shows that the project can help lower global emissions by 1,600,000 tonnes instead of being the climate catastrophe that they claim.
- Despite a minority of communities opposed to the project, there is a total of 73 Indigenous groups that have signed benefits agreements in the regions affected by the TMX pipeline, further signaling mutual cooperation and benefits between the Canadian oil and gas industry and the Indigenous people of Canada. 120 of the 129 communities along the path either support the project or do not oppose it.
- The call-to-action claims that oil tankers servicing Trans Mountain could harm the entire coastline. However, Trans Mountain has an excellent track record for never having a spill from tankers that have berthed at its Westridge Terminal since the pipeline’s operations began in 1956.
Stories that get it right.
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