CAPP’s election demands would raise oil and gas emissions by 60%

Ottawa, Ont. — New research, conducted by EnviroEconomics and published today by Environmental Defence, estimates that the election wish list created by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) would increase Canadian greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 116 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. This follows three decades during which emissions from the oil and gas sector have grown in total and per barrel, and a decade of lobbying by industry that has derailed significant pieces of federal climate legislation.

If the lobby group’s election demands were granted by an incoming government, GHG emissions from the oil and gas sector (which currently represents 7 per cent of Canadian GDP and 1.3 per cent of Canadian employment) would use 60 per cent of Canada’s entire 2030 carbon budget under the Paris Agreement.

In light of these findings, Environmental Defence is urging the leaders of all major federal parties to put the interests of all Canadians ahead of the narrow self-interest of oil and gas companies, and take serious action on climate change.

“Canadians should demand that federal party leaders explicitly reject the dangerous agenda being pushed by the oil and gas lobby,” said Tim Gray, Executive Director of Environmental Defence. “We are dealing with a climate emergency, and that means reducing fossil fuel emissions, not expanding them and undermining mechanisms to create a brighter economic future.”

The new report, The Single Biggest Barrier to Climate Action in Canada: the Oil and Gas Lobby, lays out the numerous examples over the last decade when the petroleum industry killed, weakened, or delayed environmental and progressive economic policies in Canada.

Among the biggest findings documented by the report:
• In last decade, six major areas of legislation or regulation – including water protection, industrial environmental review, and carbon pricing – have been killed, weakened or delayed due to industry lobbying efforts.
• Implementing CAPP’s wish list would increase greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector to a level equivalent to the current emissions of B.C., Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut combined.
• Between 2000 and 2018, oil production in Canada has increased by 75 per cent, while royalties and corporate taxes have decreased by 63 per cent and more than 50 per cent respectively.

Not satisfied, Canada’s largest oil and gas lobby group is now asking the next federal government to further privilege oil and gas expansion at the expense of the health and wellbeing of Canadians who are already increasingly facing the impacts of climate change.

“Oil and gas companies are trying to rebrand themselves as environmental champions, all while emissions per barrel go up, toxic tailings ponds grow, the environmental liability of abandoned oil and gas wells rises, and a transition to a more sustainable economic future is blocked,” said Dale Marshall, National Climate Program Manager. “While several parties have proposed strong climate measures, to actually meet our climate goals, it comes down to who can stand up to the oil and gas lobby in Canada.”

Read the full report here.

The modelling can be accessed here.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Barbara Hayes, Communications Manager, Environmental Defence, bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca