Canada’s oil industry fears new Environment Minister ahead of COP26

A former Greenpeace activist who leads Canada’s environmental policy is once expanding the tallest building in Toronto to raise the banner condemning his country and current US President George W. Bush as “climate criminals” and raising hopes among some environmentalists that the United Nations is warming up. The days of the oil plaster before he spoke.

Steven Gilbolt has been named Canada’s Minister of Environment, with the world’s third-largest oil reserves this week.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared his Liberal government a climate champion. However, a Canadian study of the Center for Policy Options (CCPA) published in June said climate change has led to high carbon dioxide emissions among G7 countries over the past five years.

Lawmakers in Alberta, the heart of Canada’s oil industry, are worried that environmentalists are calling for a reduction in concrete emissions ahead of the COP26 talks in Glasgow on Sunday.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savaj told Al Jazeera that the appointment of Gilbolt was “a cause for concern”.

“Every pipeline in Canada, every oil sand project, it’s against everything we have to do in Alberta to market our products,” she said. “We are seeing an increase in oil and gas prices and a global crisis due to many green agendas.”

Top oil exporter to US

According to government data, Canada is the largest exporter of crude oil to the United States, producing more than five million barrels of crude oil a day. About 80 percent of the dough comes from Alberta, sometimes called “Canadian Texas,” because of its conservative political culture.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announced this week that the global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is currently at an average of 2.7-degrees Fahrenheit (4.9F) this century.

This means that countries, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, will seek emissions targets and reductions from rich countries when the COP26 negotiations begin.

Government of Canada It is considering zero-zero emissions by 2050, although analysts are skeptical of how that goal can be achieved in the current direction.

“Canada has a long history of great promises and unfulfilled promises.

I know from my conversations with Gilbolt that he wants to change that… We hope that the oil lobby in this country will be under constant pressure and will withstand the heat.

The oil and gas sector alone will make Canada more than 40 percent below the 2005 threshold for the next nine years, according to the CCPA.

A 2018 study by Stanford University researchers found that Canadian oil is the worst in terms of atmospheric emissions.

Compared to climate change, Canadian oil has the fourth largest emissions in the world, 70 percent higher than the world average.

Minister Savage and other Canadian industry supporters say climate change has been reduced by technology. And keeping Alberta’s crude in the ground will only benefit the poor human rights record of oil-rich dictatorships, which could easily reduce Canada’s production by increasing exports, Savag said.

Much of Alberta’s oil comes from giant open-air wells called tar sand, which requires extra energy and water to extract each barrel, rather than the traditional way of pouring.

According to government data, tar sand alone accounts for 12 percent of Canada’s emissions, and Business Press headlines described it as “one of the world’s most polluted oil sources”, sparking outrage from the Alberta government.

The 2005 Alberta Tar Sand covers a vast area in western Canada. Extraction of heavy oil from these sites covers 12 percent of Canada’s atmosphere. [File: Jeff McIntosh/AP Photo]

“It is a lie to call Alberta Oil some of the world’s waste,” says Savage. The state is investing heavily in green technology, according to a study, which shows that up to 80 times as much energy as carbon dioxide is retained in the earth’s atmosphere by reducing oil emissions. In this year’s Nature magazine.

Methane, however, is responsible for a slight global warming – the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is more than 200 times higher, natural paper notes.

New cabinet focus

Gilbert’s appointment is not the only sign the Trudeau government has sent to the new cabinet this week, says Laurie Adkin, a professor of political science at the University of Alberta.

Former Canadian Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has been appointed the new Minister of Natural Resources. That role has already been given to Simon Oregan, who promotes fossil interests, she added.

“He [O’Regan] It was a mistake in my view, ”Adkin told Al Jazeera. “He was an insider in the cabinet for the oil and gas industry and was blocking improvements in the environment.”

The recent rise in prices for Canadian oil industry representatives, who do not have a clear champion in the cabinet – is a result of prolonged cold winter fears in the UK, the threat of mass protests and global inflation, non-investment in oil and unrealistic green goals. .

“As nations around the world struggle with energy crises today and fail to provide responsible energy to their citizens, Canada must work together to provide safe havens for natural gas and oil investment,” the Canadian Petroleum Producers Association said in a statement to Al Jazeera.

‘Swelling on the road’

Contrary to environmentalists, the reduction in oil investment is a victory and Canada and other leading producers must accelerate the transition to renewable energy.

“Canadians and people around the world look forward to action on climate change; [especially] We had to meet here later in the summer, ”Simon Dyer, Alberta-based energy research team vice president of the Pembina Institute, told Al Jazeera.

Canada recorded the highest temperature this summer at 49.6C (121.3F) in British Columbia. This has contributed to the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the city and many other climate-related disasters, which, despite short-term costs, have led to a significant reduction in oil production.

“There may be lumps along the way with the transfer of energy.”

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