Industry Spin

John Woodside
Artwork by Ata Ojani / Canada's National Observer

Jun. 5, 2024

Since its launch in 2021, the Pathways Alliance has used a three-step greenwashing strategy to weaken and delay climate measures, according to new research from a leading international think tank.

According to U.K.-based InfluenceMap, the Pathways Alliance, which represents Canada’s largest fossil fuel companies responsible for 95 per cent of oilsands production, appears to use this three-step plan to keep profit margins of its members healthy as the global energy transition off fossil fuels unfolds.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
Claims made about LNG in wraparound ads that ran in major daily newspapers, including the Victoria Times Colonist, could not be substantiated by Ad Standards Canada, a leaked document reveals. Ads from the Times Colonist. Collage by The Tyee.

May 31, 2024

A regulating body found claims were misleading, but won’t be making its final ruling public.

Jonny Humphries, BBC News, Manchester
Brandalism targeted adverts promoting Shell's sponsorship of British Cycling

May 15, 2024

An activist group has pasted its own artworks over billboards and bus-stops promoting oil company Shell's sponsorship of British Cycling.

Brandalism said the campaign was over what it said was Shell's recent decision to "row back" on climate pledges.

Some billboards show a cyclist drinking oil from a Shell-branded bottle.

Shell said the "misleading" adverts "completely mischaracterised" its partnership.

Compiled by The Energy Mix staff
Suncor refinery - Max and Dee Bernt/Flickr

May 20, 2024

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels surge at unprecedented rates, a study suggests some countries may ramp up fossil fuel production by 2050, banking on unproven carbon removal plans and risking net-zero failure.

John Woodside
Ontario Premier Doug Ford takes part in a press conference at Ottawa City Hall on Monday, April 29, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

May 16, 2024

To help Enbridge lock gas customers in for decades to come, Premier Doug Ford's government on Wednesday overrode Ontario’s independent energy regulator and passed the Keeping Energy Costs Down Act.

Nikolas Barry-Shaw & Donya Ziaee
Illustration - Pundits regularly attacked pharmacare without disclosing Big Pharma ties - The Breach

May 10, 2024

Pundits regularly attacked pharmacare without disclosing Big Pharma ties

Dozens of op-eds opposing pharmacare from think tank analysts did not reveal their authors’ conflicts of interest

As the Liberal government and New Democrats hashed out the details of a national drug plan that could vastly improve medication access for millions, a chorus of criticism and opposition appeared in Canada’s largest media outlets.   

Max Fawcett
Bill Tieleman is the director of the BC Coalition for Affordable Dependable Energy, a new lobby group fighting against municipal rules phasing out natural gas in new buildings. Photo provided by Bill Tieleman

May 6, 2024

For months, Canada's natural gas utilities have mustered lobbying efforts and funded online misinformation campaigns to fight efforts by municipalities to phase out the climate-warming fuel. And now they have a new ally with deep ties to the province's NDP to push the pro-gas message in the province's lefty media.

Ashley Dawson, Bridget Moynihan, and Desen S. Özkan, Next City.
photo: Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first commercial offshore wind farm, went online in 2017 near Block Island, Rhode Island. Shaun Dakin / Unsplash.

Profiteers cannot be cajoled or shamed into acting for the public good. They must be compelled or replaced--and SOON!!

         -- Gene McGuckin

Apr. 22, 2024


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