Norway gets it. It’s only the world’s 15th largest oil producing nation – Canada ranks 4th – but Norway gets it. The country recognizes how critical its oil and natural gas industry is to the health and well-being of the economy and its citizens. As a country, Norway recognizes you can have a world-class industry, producing an essential product, while still being an environmental leader.
The Tilbury Phase 2 LNG expansion in Delta, British Columbia will expand an existing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility allowing FortisBC to help meet the growing global demand for LNG with some of the world’s cleanest natural gas. This hasn’t stopped the opposition group Stand.earth from campaigning against the project.
Woodfibre LNG is a fully permitted project based along the Sea to Sky corridor that will reduce global emissions, yet some District of Squamish councillors and activists are trying to add last-minute roadblocks.
Our country has been through a lot in the past few months. The unemployment rate has soared to 13 per cent, compared to 7.8 per cent in March, and many businesses have closed their doors forever. Action has been taken by the Federal government to help preserve jobs, but in the long run, Canada will need a strong natural resource industry to create jobs that support a strong economy. A strong natural resource industry requires the ability for products to be easily exported to customers all over the globe.
In the past week prominent political leaders staunchly declared that ‘oil is dead’. Now, we have three influential anti-development groups: Environmental Defence, San Francisco based Stand.Earth, and Équiterre who have released a poorly researched report that came to the absurd conclusion that “the oil sands are no longer in our national interest”.