Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Activist groups holding mass organizing call for Coastal GasLink protest claim the project is violating Indigenous rights and destroying the climate.
THE FACTS: Coastal GasLink is supported by 100% of the elected First Nation councils and transports low carbon natural gas.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Coastal GasLink:
- Activists falsely claim that Indigenous people oppose Coastal GasLink but ignore the fact that 100% of elected First Nation councils support the project and have signed benefits agreements for their communities.
- Indigenous leaders fear that activism from environmental organizations has become a form of “Eco-Colonialism” where many non-indigenous groups claim to represent Indigenous voices. This happened the entirety of the Coastal GasLink protests in winter 2020.
- 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.
- Coastal GasLink has provided over $1 billion in employment and contract opportunities for Indigenous and local businesses.
- This International Energy Agency analysis concludes that 98% of gas consumed today has a lower lifecycle emissions intensity than coal when used for power or heat. On average, coal-to-gas switching reduces emissions by 50% when producing electricity and by 33% when providing heat.
Stories that get it right:
A big part of the discussion that has been missing from the energy transition debate is energy density. Certain energy sources have much more actual power than others. For example, oil produces 45,000,000 joules per cubic meter whereas wind produces a meager 0.0000015. This is important to note when anti-oil and gas groups claim we can 100% transition to renewables.