Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Foreign-funded 350 Canada and Dogwood attempt to define the narrative of the Alberta Inquiry report by claiming they are not anti-Alberta, despite blocking Alberta energy projects.
THE FACTS: Foreign-funded 350 Canada and Dogwood responses to the Alberta Inquiry report make false claims about Alberta’s energy industry, which serves to benefit less responsible international competitors in world oil markets.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasoned conversation about the Alberta Inquiry:
- 350.org is a U.S.-based organization that is heavily funded by foreign foundations like the Rockefeller Brothers and the Tides Foundation, to target oil sands and oil and gas infrastructure projects like Keystone XL or Trans Mountain.
Dogwood is a recipient of foreign funding from groups like the Tides Foundation, receiving $160,763 in 2017 alone from them to counter pipelines.
- Dogwood claims that they are not ‘anti-Alberta’ because they focus on issues in B.C., even though they are heavily against federally regulated pipeline projects like Trans Mountain which help export Canadian energy to local and world markets which could help lower global emissions.
- 350 Canada and Dogwood’s responses to the Alberta Inquiry report make false claims about Alberta’s energy industry which serves to benefit less responsible international competitors in the world oil markets.
- 350 Canada makes false claim against Alberta oil and gas industry that it is hurting public health by citing a study about oil sands’ impacts on the Athabasca River. However, this appended study shows that there is no evidence of increasing metals enrichment above pre-1920 baseline concentrations, including since the onset of oil sands development in 1967 in the Athabasca Delta.
- 350 Canada falsely claims that the oil and gas industry is violating Indigenous rights. Many Indigenous leaders fighting to end on-reserve poverty have asked groups like 350 Canada and Dogwood to let them speak for themselves and end what many call a form of ‘eco-colonialism’
Stories that get it right
The reality of the energy system will still require fossil fuels in the future, even as the world shifts to some renewable sources as well. However, the oil and gas industry is in the process of transforming oil and gas into a net-zero energy source. We will need a healthy mix of both renewables and traditional fossil fuels to counter emissions.