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Canada’s largest oil and gas companies’ sky-high net earnings renew calls for windfall tax

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sky-high net earnings for Canada’s four biggest oil companies have renewed calls for a windfall tax that Ottawa shows no sign of adopting.

“The gas lobby is clearly very powerful and holds a lot of sway in Canada,” Environmental Defence’s programs director Keith Brooks told Canada’s National Observer, adding the industry is impeding effective climate action and creating deep inequality among Canadians.

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Doctors’ groups push for truth in advertising when it comes to fossil fuels

By Cloe Logan, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In the late 1980s, the federal government banned all cigarette ads — photos making a carcinogenic product look appealing went against public health advice. Now, many physicians are saying the same should apply to fossil fuel advertising.

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Enviro groups say Canada’s climate goals are based on flawed forest carbon accounting

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Last week, the federal government announced Canada’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions dropped, in part thanks to trees removing carbon from the atmosphere. However, environmentalists are quick to point out this calculation excludes a huge chunk of emissions from the logging industry.

Nearly seven megatonnes of CO2 were removed by the land use and forest sector, an amount that reduced the country’s total emissions by one per cent, according to the federal government. Environmental groups, however, say the sector’s true GHG emissions are underreported by a staggering amount — approximately 80 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

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Federal rule on oil and gas projects ‘does not stand up to the facts’

By Cloe Logan, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Last week, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault announced the approval of the deepwater oil project Bay du Nord with 137 conditions, including a requirement the project achieves net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

That same day, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced the requirement would also apply to all future oil and gas developments. 

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Increased oil and gas production, carbon capture tax credits calls Canada’s new climate plan’s credibility into question

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Canada’s long-awaited plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is not aligned with the country’s fair share and contains problematic funding promises for the oil and gas industry, some politicians say.

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