Like other sectors of the Canadian economy, members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) are working actively to help Canada’s economy recover and grow quickly following the outbreak of COVID-19.

CEPA represents the Canadian companies that operate most of the transmission pipelines in Canada and many of the large pipelines in the United States. We are ready to help Canada’s economic recovery and provide jobs for Canadians through billions of dollars worth of shovel-ready and shovel-worthy projects.

Canadians rely on the energy delivered by Canada’s critical pipeline network to feed themselves, heat their homes, offices and hospitals, power our electricity system and fuel the transportation systems that deliver everything from food to pharmaceuticals.

The pandemic has also made Canadians more aware of the many essential products that are derived from oil and gas. They include plastics, pesticides, fertilizers, antiseptics, food preservatives, pharmaceuticals, refrigerants, detergents and anaesthetics. Life would have been even more difficult in the last several months in the absence of these things — and oil and natural gas are necessary for their creation.

Much is being made of the perceived need to relaunch the economy in a less carbon-intensive manner. CEPA agrees that environmental sustainability should be a priority for both Canada and the world. While pipelines account for only about one per cent of Canada’s emissions, we recognize the importance of making that number even smaller. But the idea that we can relaunch our economy without oil and natural gas ignores reality. Energy needs to be transported to where the demand is and pipelines are the safest, most responsible way to move oil and natural gas.

CEPA members recognize a key challenge — reducing emissions while ensuring people around the world have access to reliable and affordable energy. The fact is that Canada has the energy to supply much of the world’s needs into the foreseeable future. Meeting that energy demand in an environmentally sustainable way is what the whole oil and natural gas industry is focused on.

Canada is uniquely positioned to help displace higher-emission energy sources with our abundant, cleaner-burning natural gas. Oil and natural gas provide the building blocks for the materials used to develop renewable energy infrastructure. And electricity producers and consumers can count on natural gas as a back-up fuel for renewables and as a resilient energy supply.

Canada is a leader in responsible energy development, and we have the resource base that can grow to meet energy demand globally. Canada can leverage these advantages as the rest of the world recovers, too.

Our immense natural gas resources, if converted to liquified natural gas (LNG) to supply global customers, would be a powerful driver of the Canadian economy. LNG can bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue to Canada for decades and will help reduce the use of coal around the world.

Canada is uniquely positioned to help displace higher-emission energy sources with our abundant, cleaner-burning natural gas. Oil and natural gas provide the building blocks for the materials used to develop renewable energy infrastructure. And electricity producers and consumers can count on natural gas as a back-up fuel for renewables and as a resilient energy supply.

Canada is a leader in responsible energy development, and we have the resource base that can grow to meet energy demand globally. Canada can leverage these advantages as the rest of the world recovers, too.

Our immense natural gas resources, if converted to liquified natural gas (LNG) to supply global customers, would be a powerful driver of the Canadian economy. LNG can bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue to Canada for decades and will help reduce the use of coal around the world.

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