Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: 350 Canada misleadingly claims Trans Mountain is a fuse to a climate bomb and should be should shut down permanently.
THE FACTS: Trans Mountain could reduce global emissions by up to 1,600,000 million tonnes by exporting best in the world Canadian resources.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about TMX:
- This study from Navius Research shows that Trans Mountain can help lower global emissions by 1,600,000 tonnes instead of being the climate catastrophe they claim.
- 120 of the 129 communities along the path either support the project or do not oppose it and 73 Indigenous groups have signed benefits agreements.
- TMX is also a mixed service pipeline that transports refined petroleum products like gasoline which represent 36% of B.C.’s end-use energy demand. Keeping adequate supply of energy is important to prevent energy crises.
- According to the latest OPEC report, oil demand will be increasing significantly in non-OECD developing countries. They will need responsible energy delivered from countries like Canada to help develop their economies and better their quality of life.
Stories that get it right
In this article by Bjorn Lomborg, he points out that we are actually less likely to die from climate-related events than we were 100 years ago. The death toll has dropped from over half a million deaths per year from floods, fires, etc to 14,000 in 2020. This year it looks like we are on track for even less at around 6,600. While emissions reduction is an important move forward, the headlines are often more apocalyptic than the fact of the matter.