Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Tzeporah Berman, whom the Allan Report discovered helped invent the Great Bear Rain Forest to brand an anti-oil and gas campaign, ups the ante with more fiction saying oil and gas are equivalent weapons of mass destruction.
THE FACTS: Oil and gas save lives and even the founder of 350.org agreed it has been important for human progress. Many experts think oil and gas can win the race to net zero.
CENN will be filing a complaint with the CBC ombudsman for disseminating misinformation and not having the balance required by even the minimum journalistic standards. It’s important for the public to understand the extremism of activists like Berman who are on record bragging about literally making things up to advance their cause.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about hydrocarbons and human progress:
- Tzeporah Berman and her ENGO, Stand.earth, are both recipients of foreign funding from US-based activist foundations and the Allan Report ruled is running an anti-Alberta oil and gas initiative.
- As the population grows we need solutions that dematerialize so we use less land and fewer materials per person. The proposals from ENGO and Berman use more materials and more land per person and are a step backward for people and the planet.
- Hydrocarbons have been responsible for improvements in life expectancy, health, reduction in infant mortality, education, equality over the past 200 years. Our objective should be to keep these benefits while we reduce the impacts.
- 1.2 billion people lack basic access to affordable energy needed for human progress and that could lift them from poverty and lower infant mortality rates.
- Berman and CBC are disseminating disinformation and propaganda – oil and gas save lives and make peoples’ lives better. Even the founder of 350.org Bill McKibben acknowledges the miraculous improvement in the human condition from hydrocarbons in the past. Many experts think oil and gas will win the race to net zero in the future.
- Real zero production and consumption technologies are already emerging, which will help provide affordable and sustainable energy.
Stories that get it right