Benefits of Hydrocarbons

Hydrocarbons like oil and natural gas have been a major play in growing economies and improving quality of life. They provide us the building blocks to create products that we use every. They help heat our homes in the winter and cool us down in the summer. 

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Counter-Points


Counter-Point : Increased energy use from hydrocarbons has actually been strongly connected to a better quality of life and higher GDP.

 

  • Different organizations like Emissions Reduction Alberta are investing in the environment, lowering 42 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, making the Canadian oil and gas industry the top of its class.
    https://www.eralberta.ca/projects/#results

In 2018/19, oil and gas companies provided 32,000 direct and indirect jobs and over $700 million in revenue to the province of Saskatchewan
https://publications.saskatchewan.ca/#/products/81263

The Government of B.C. expects gas royalties to increase by 35% in 2020. Oil and gas are expected to bring in almost $491 million in 2020/2021.
https://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2020/pdf/2020_budget_and_fiscal_plan.pdf

Counter-point: In just 10 months, the Federal Government spent $268.2 billion on COVID. While the oil and gas industry was able to access some financial support that was available to all industries, only $1.7 billion was given as direct support to clean up old wells.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/tracking-unprecedented-federal-coronavirus-spending-1.5827045

Counter-point: A policy brief from the International Institute for Sustainable Development notes that Canada announced almost $15 billion in financial support for “green” initiatives in 2020. That’s almost 800% more than the support announced for the oil and gas industry during COVID.
https://www.iisd.org/system/files/2021-02/climate-canada-covid-19-response.pdf

Counter-point: According to Statistics Canada Data, the gross revenue contribution to federal, provincial, and municipal governments exclusively from the oil and gas sector is $493.3 billion between 2000 and 2018, an average of $26 billion per year.

Statistics Canada (2020b). Table 10-10-0017-01: Canadian Government Finance Statistics for the Provincial and Territorial Governments 
Statistics Canada (2020c). Table 33-10-0006-01: Financial and Taxation Statistics for Enterprises, by Industry Type 
Statistics Canada (2020d). Financial and Taxation Statistics for Enterprises, by Industry Type (x 1,000,000). Custom tabulation.
Statistics Canada (2020a). Table 10-10-0016-01: Canadian Government Finance Statistics for the Federal Government 

Studies

Quebec Ban on Oil and Gas

Quebec banning oil and gas development could have far-reaching impacts across the country. A revocation of permits also revokes carbon storage permits and in effect confirms ENGO arguments that carbon capture and blue hydrogen are a net negative for the climate. The decision will likely embolden Environmental Groups to use

SECURING CANADA’S ECONOMIC FUTURE

Title:  Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery: SECURING CANADA’S ECONOMIC FUTURE Author: Don Hauka, Pat Hufnagel-Smith, Joseph Quesnel,Patricia Mohr, Denise Mullen Publisher:  Resource Works Society Date: August 19, 2020 Full Text Article Summary: The Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery just released its flagship report detailing the aspects of including

Fossil Fuel Divestment and Public Pension Funds

Title:  Fossil Fuel Divestment and Public Pension Funds Author:  Prof. Daniel R. Fischel, Christopher R. Fiore, Todd D. Kendall Publisher:  Compass Lexecon Date: June 2017 Full Text Article Summary: Based on wellaccepted economic theory and the academic literature studying previous divestment attempts, the study concluded that fossil fuel divestment has minimal

Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Costly and Ineffective Investment Strategy

Title:  Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Costly and Ineffective Investment Strategy Author:  Prof. Daniel R. Fischel, Publisher:  Compass Lexecon Date: N/A Full Text Article Summary: The costs to investors of fossil fuel divestiture are highly likely and substantial, while the potential benefits – to the extent there are any – are ill-defined and uncertain at

Fossil Fuel Divestment and Its Potential Impacts On Students, Faculty and Other University and Pension Stakeholders

Title:   Fossil Fuel Divestment and Its Potential Impacts On Students, Faculty and Other University and Pension Stakeholders Author:  Prof. Hendrik Bessembinder Publisher:  Arizona State University, University of Washington, and Compass Lexecon Date: April 2017 Full Text Article Summary: The costs of divestment are equivalent to annual tuition increases (or equivalent reductions in

THE STATE OF ENERGY IN QUEBEC 2019

Title:  THE STATE OF ENERGY IN QUEBEC Author: Pierre-Olivier Pineau , Johanne Whitmore Publisher: HEC Montreal Date: December 2018 Summary:  The State of Energy in Quebec provides the most objective overview of Quebec’s energy data to help all stakeholders and observers gain a clearer understanding of current energy consumption trends and to better

Species Extinction – The Facts

Title: Species Extinction – The Facts Author: International Union for Conservation of Nature Publisher:  International Union for Conservation of Nature Date: 2007 Full Text Article Summary: Despite apocalyptic claims, the extinction numbers are a far cry from the millions that certain groups propose. The actual recorded number: 869 species since the year 1500.

The Social Benefits of Fossil Fuels

Title: The Social Benefits of Fossil Fuels Author: Joseph L. Bast and Peter Ferrara Publisher: The Heartland Institute Date: May 30, 2018 Full Text Article Summary: Humankind’s historic and ongoing use of fossil fuels has resulted in huge benefits for people, wildlife, and ecosystems. Five of those benefits are documented here.

Fracking, conservation and peace: Let the bureaucrats be heard

BY MICHAEL L. DAVIS, OPINION CONTRIBUTORThe views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill Every year the federal government publishes the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). Fight your way through the drone of bureaucratic prose and you’ll discover very specific forecasts for hundreds of energy prices and

Canada’s Air Quality Dramatically Improved Despite Increased Energy Use

Title: Canada’s Air Quality Dramatically Improved Despite Increased Energy Use Author: Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari Publisher: Fraser Institute Date: May 17, 2017 Summary: Despite a growing economy and increased consumption of fossil fuels, Canadian air quality has improved drastically since the 1970s. Full Text Article Summary: In recent decades, Canada has experienced something many