Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: 500 mostly foreign anti-oil and gas organizations send letter to Prime Minister full of false and misleading claims to attack proven solutions to emissions reduction.
THE FACTS: Anti-oil and gas activists are blinded by their ideology and will never accept true emissions reduction technology as a solution to providing responsible energy for growing demand.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasoned conversation about carbon capture:
- Activists question the safety of carbon capture pipelines by saying they will endanger minority communities. CO2 pipelines have over 40 years of operational history in the United States with no injuries or deaths. The International Panel of Climate Change concludes the risks to people are very low.
- Despite claiming that building out carbon capture projects will lock the world into oil and gas use, it is the world demand for reliable energy that is fueling the growth. Real zero production and consumption technologies are already beginning to take shape, which will help provide that energy in the most responsible way possible.
- Though a large portion of carbon capture is used for enhanced oil recovery, the International Energy Agency concludes that enhanced oil recovery, when used with a closed-loop system can actually produce carbon neutral or carbon negative oil and gas.
- These activists falsely claim that the costs of carbon capture technology are uneconomical, however, cost reductions are already being achieved. The cost of CO2capture in the power sector has come down by 35% and continues to lower.
- The activists falsely claim that carbon capture cannot actually capture CO2 directly from the air. Direct air capture projects are expected to capture 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030.
- Activists falsely claim that CO2 cannot be permanently stored underground. When being stored, CO2 is injected deep in underground formations where it reacts with the saline water and dissolves or is reacts with reservoir rocks to form a new mineral. 200 million tonnes of CO2 have so far been permanently stored this way.
Stories that get it right
Many in the energy sector have argued that for Canada to meet its emissions targets, energy jobs will be shifting to other countries. This will end up causing oil and gas workers to be left stranded if the government phases out the industry.