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New online database billed as 'a look under the hood' of Canada's oil and gas sector

Last Updated Jul 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm PDT

File Photo: An oil sands facility is reflected in a tailings pond near Fort McMurray, Alta., on July 10, 2012. The Canadian Energy Research Institute says Canada's oilsands production could grow to the point that its greenhouse gas emissions exceed the Alberta government's regulated cap of 100 million tonnes per year by 2030. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Summary

A new online database is gathering some of the biggest players in Canada's oil and gas sector

The Fossil Power Top 50 can be used to better understand the ways power works in society, researcher says

Each of the entries is classified under one of three headings: Emitters, Enablers, and Legitimators

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.”

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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.