Stop Listening to the Big Oil Spin!

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Do the math. Please.

For a great long time, I’ve been talking about how we must dump the oil, gas, fracking, tankers, pipelines, coal…all the carbon-based energy systems because of climate breakdown [aka climate change, aka global warming, aka the greenhouse effect]. We need to transform our society to a post-carbon energy infrastructure.

The lie that there are billions in government revenue and 90 gazillion jobs just waiting for us all (sigh) is so incredibly compelling. But if you look at some data, like…facts, you might find some startling surprises that indicate that you’ve been swallowed whole by the carbon-based energy spin machine.

It’s not brain surgery, really. Take a peek:

We looked at the $1.3 billion in taxpayer money our federal government currently hands to the oil industry in the form of subsidies. We asked: What if, instead of subsidizing polluters, the money was invested in industries that cut pollution?

We crunched the numbers and found that $1.3 billion invested in renewable energy or energy efficiency could create between 18,000-20,000 jobs. In comparison, that same amount of money invested in oil and gas would yield less than 3,000 jobs. That’s a difference of 17,000 jobs!

More bang for our buck: How Canada can create 18,000 more jobs | Blue Green Canada.

What does this mean to you?

To me, it means that switching to a post-carbon energy grid/system/infrastructure is a good idea on the jobs front.

Then there’s averting the pollution, ice melting, sea level rising, countries submerging, global temperature increase, radical and aberrant weather and climate, ruined jet streams, crises in grain and corn, and mass migration coupled with desperation and panic.

If it was just the jobs that was keeping you married to oil and gas, you can let  that  go  now!


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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Post-partisan eco-socialist. at Politics, Re-Spun
Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website,

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