Tar sands company funding climate change denier research
Talisman Energy kick-started U of C climate skeptic fund
Postmedia News is reporting today that a major Alberta-based oil and gas company helped to kickstart an elaborate public relations project designed to cast doubt on scientific evidence linking human activity to global warming with a $175,000 donation in 2004 channelled through the University of Calgary.
While hardly surprising, these kind of reports should confirm suspicions that, despite their claims to the contrary, oil companies (particularly those operating in Alberta’s tar sands) have no interest in seeing any meaningful action taken to address climate change. The lesson is clear. Don’t believe anything you hear from oil companies when it comes to their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the climate crisis in any significant way.
Interestingly, Postmedia News is also reporting that Canada is sitting on a massive store of clean, renewable geothermal energy that could generate more electricity than the entire country now consumes while generating few greenhouse gas emissions.
Of course, tapping into all this geothermal potential would require political leadership and targeted investments in research and development. Will Canada seize the opportunity? Presumably not if oil companies have anything to say about it.