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Oil companies want to increase their emissions by 60 per cent—this election, federal parties should say no

By Tim Gray      

If the oil lobby gets its wish list, one sector currently responsible for seven per cent of Canadian GDP and 1.5 per cent of Canadian employment would be using 60 per cent of Canada’s 2030 carbon budget under Paris Agreement commitments.

The oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta. Canadian oil and gas emissions alone would surpass those of 170 countries. And that doesn’t include the carbon emitted from burning all that oil and natural gas, writes Tim Gray. The Hill Times file photograph

Federal political parties vying for office in this election must stand up for Canadians in the face of pressure from the oil and gas lobby. That means disregarding the wish list of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). If implemented, those measures would not only increase, but would accelerate, the climate and environmental impact of oil and gas companies in Canada.

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