ACTIVIST CLAIM: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and Centre for Future Work claim “Just Transition” won’t be painful based on a report commissioned by anti-oil Tides-funded Environmental Defence.
THE FACTS: It’s absurd to suggest Just Transition won’t be painful or there would be no need for a law to reduce the pain of transition
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about a “Just Transition”:
- Climate groups and Ottawa have not considered a third option for the climate of transforming our energy systems with net-zero carbon tech. This is expected to become a trillion-dollar global market that Canada’s transition will ignore as an opportunity for Canada.
- The Centre for Future Work’s “Just Transition” submission was commissioned by the Tides-funded organization Environmental Defence, which receives money to call for the transition off of oil and gas and support their preferred alternative energy solutions.
- The report tries to argue that there will be no economic pain transitioning 599,000 direct and indirect jobs generated across the country from the oil and gas industry.
- Not only would the loss of jobs negatively impact Canadian on a personal level, the reduction in GDP of $167 billion as well as $26 billion per year in government revenues from transitioning off oil and gas will lower the quality of life for all Canadians.
- Many or even most new “green jobs” generated from a “Just Transition” are created overseas where labor is cheaper. If the local jobs will need lower wages to compete.
- The CCPA notes that a “Just Transition” needs to address issues of racial and social justice yet more Indigenous people are employed in oil and gas than any other industry. This will be a step backward on reconciliation and ending poverty.
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Oil and gas companies significantly contribute to the well-being of the communities they operate in. Coastal GasLink donated $50,000 to the community of Burns Lake to ensure the complete restoration of the building’s exterior and the bell tower. Reparation is expected to be complete in 2023, the town’s centennial. The church is 93 years old.