VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Connecting the dots — that is the idea behind the Fossil Power Top 50, a new online database that gathers some of the biggest players in Canada’s oil and gas sector.
These include Suncor and Encana, as well as the Royal Bank and the Fraser Institute.
“We looked at, sort of, the most prolific and productive fossil fuel companies, we also looked at the groups that are facilitating their expansions, and then we looked at the groups that are really legitimating what they’re doing, and so we’re looking at universities, think tanks, media organizations, etcetera,” explains Zoë Yunker with the Corporate Mapping Project, one of the researchers behind the Fossil Power Top 50.
So what do we do with all this information?
“People can start using this research that we’ve done as sort of a lens to understand the ways that power is working in society,” Yunker says. “So, we’re inviting people to ‘tune in’ to our database and start doing some of that research on their own.”CCPA_CMP_top50_EMBARGOED-190703
The list includes many of the big names you would expect, but also some surprises like banks and universities.
“We do sort of have the usual players in terms of the Fraser Institute, who we know has deep ties to the oil industry, [as well as] these supposedly more neutral groups, groups that are fairly central in Canada’s civil society are actually promoting our fossil fuel industry.”
Each of the entries is classified under one of three headings: Emitters, Enablers, and Legitimators.