In Alberta, a shocking abuse of political power to protect the oil industry - 2019-09-16
The Government of Alberta has created the new "Energy War Room" (with an annual budget of $30 million) to combat environmental NGOs, specifically those who have been campaigning against the oil sector.
This may come as a surprise to taxpayers wondering why a billion-dollar industry needs such government-subsidized assistance in the first place. Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage provided an answer of sorts, offering the following as the higher purpose of the Energy War Room:
"For more than a decade, anti-fossil fuel interest groups from around the world have been leading a deceitful campaign to landlock the oilsands. Not only has this campaign — founded entirely on lies — damaged the reputation of our world-class energy sector, it has caused significant damage to our province and hurt thousands of people who work hard and are proud of the work they do."