Re: "Lowering Emissions while Growing Production: Conventional Oil & Natural Gas," CPP ad, (The Hill Times, Nov. 14, 2023). Yet another tranche of propaganda from the oil industry. Another desperate ad to confuse the public and lead the world deeper into disaster. Mere days from COP28, and our oil industry is bragging about increasing production. What has happened to our country? Canada was once a proud environmental leader, now our oil producers are publishing huge ads indicating proudly how they increased production while reducing emissions on 'conventional oil,' and conveniently leaving out the quickly rising emissions from the oil sands. According to data from Canada's current national report to the United Nations, adding emissions from oilsands production to those of conventional oil and gas results in an almost doubling of our total emissions. The much-vaunted small reduction in emissions from conventional sources is hugely overtaken by the rise in emissions from the oil sands. With this ad, the oil industry has clearly demonstrated its priorities: charging ahead to increase production with a major expansion in oilsands development. At this rate, Canada will soon become a global pariah. Next, we will see tariffs on our exports by successful countries. As the world shifts away from fossil fuels, massive investments will be lost in stranded assets. Clearly, industry must be forced to be part of the decarbonization process. It is time to legislate that government and banks cannot fund fossil fuel companies without their commitment to the energy transition. Industry has long known that they are the problem, but have used their vast wealth to manipulate governments and the public, leading to a planetary disaster for humankind. Already we are seeing food shortages, floods, droughts, wildfires, and vastly increased migration from the South. It is time we acted like a democracy, and wrested control of our country from this gang that has forced us—and indeed the world—down this path. Every day, we hear of new technologies to help solve the energy problem. Instead, the oil industry and the politicians in their thrall are taking the planet over the edge into disaster. It's burning the bloody stuff that is the real problem, not producing it! Tom McElroy, FRSC, FCMOSProfessor emeritusYork UniversityToronto, Ont.