In Alberta, a shocking abuse of political power to protect the oil industry - 2019-09-16

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F99.png In Alberta, a shocking abuse of political power to protect the oil industry September 16, 2019, Gerald Kutney, National Observer

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."

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{{cite news | first = Gerald | last = Kutney | title = In Alberta, a shocking abuse of political power to protect the oil industry | url = https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/16/opinion/alberta-shocking-abuse-political-power-protect-oil-industry | work = National Observer | date = September 16, 2019 | accessdate = October 13, 2019 }}