ACTIVIST CLAIM: Activist doctor group calls for warning labels on oil and gas products calling their use a public health crisis.
THE FACTS: Oil and gas use is directly linked to an increased quality of life and longer life expectancy – and is critical to the modern healthcare system.
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Here are some facts to have a reasoned conversation about the benefits of oil and gas:
- Hydrocarbons have been responsible for improvements in life expectancy, health, reduction in infant mortality, education, and equality over the past 200 years. Our objective should be to keep these benefits while we reduce the impacts.
Oil and gas products also play a major role in medicine and healthcare in the manufacturing of vaccines and anti-biotics.
- Access to reliable energy, especially during emergency response is crucial to maintaining human development.
- Using carbon tech, we can retain the benefits of oil and gas, while eliminating environmental impacts.
Stories that get it right:
When German Chancellor Olaf Scholz came to Canada last month hoping he could rely on Canadian natural gas to help ease Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, Justin Trudeau offered him a blue-skies hydrogen development but didn’t commit on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Ottawa says it won’t stand in the way if the private sector wants to build new export facilities but everyone understands the real political deal on energy in Canada.
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