Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Foreign funded Wilderness Committee Call to Action urges supporters to tweet at banks and accuse them of violating Indigenous rights.
THE FACTS: Coastal Gas Link is 100% supported by elected Indigenous Chiefs and is an important step toward reconciliation.
Here’s some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Indigenous support for Coastal Gas Link:
- Activists fail to highlight that 100% of elected First Nation councils support the project and have signed benefits agreements for their communities.
- Coastal GasLink has provided a steady stream of employment for Indigenous people in the area. Since January 2020, CGL has employed over 350 Indigenous workers including the Wet’suwet’en.
- Banks supporting the Canadian oil and gas industry means supporting the 13,900+ Indigenous workers directly employed in the oil and gas industry.
- Hereditary Chiefs who support the Coastal GasLink pipeline have been threatened or had their titles stripped.
Stories that get it right
A balanced energy transition that includes carbon-tech and oil and gas solutions will prevent Canada from experiencing energy poverty and scarcity. The hypocracy of North Face as discussed in this article can be seen repeatedly on the global stage, and illustrates how solutions are needed, not just morally superior grandstanding. Archaic ideas about stopping energy production without viable alternatives and solutions is no longer palatable to an increasingly energy educated general public. Fossiled ideas that create energy poverty are dangerous. Good thing we have heroic Canadians who are inventing new and better solutions every day.