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Canada’s competition watchdog opens inquiry into Pathways Alliance ads over greenwashing allegations

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

The Competition Bureau is officially investigating an ad campaign that Greenpeace Canada argues is “false and misleading” because it suggests Canada’s six biggest oilsands companies are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping Canada achieve its climate targets.

The Pathways Alliance’s six members — Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor — are responsible for 95 per cent of Canada’s oil sands production. A complaint filed in March by Greenpeace Canada took aim at the group’s “Let’s clear the air” marketing campaign, which presents its members as “making clear strides toward net zero” to help Canada “achieve a sustainable future.”

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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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Joe Biden’s comments about the oil industry

Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden’s comments about the oil industry on Thursday show that he understands the unparalleled global financial realignment happening due to climate change, the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour says.

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Helping Canada’s Energy Sector Survive

The transition to a low carbon economy started long before anyone heard of COVID 19.  According to a 2019 report from Clean Energy Canada, there are already 298,000 Canadians working in the clean energy sector. Yet as a result of the global pandemic, the demand for oil has fallen to 1995 levels. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) did not hide the fact they have been been working closely with the Trudeau government to “identify important areas for urgent action to help Canada’s energy sector survive the current economic crisis.”

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The Oil Industry’s Future

By Roy L Hales

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Lux Research just released a report stating that as prices keep falling, “Big Oil” is increasingly using smarter sensors and “Big Data” to manage risks, cut costs by increasing efficiency, and increase revenues. (Access it here) I recently did a Q&A with Colleen Kennedy, Lux Research Analyst and co-author of the report, about her report and the oil industry’s Future.

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