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Canada says it can fight climate change and be major oil nation. Massive fires may force a reckoning

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🗞️ Driving the news: Canada, while asserting its ability to balance oil production and climate action, faces a reckoning due to massive wildfires highlighting the tension between the country's climate commitments and its status as a major oil and gas producer

🔭 The context: Canada's leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have long claimed the nation can exploit natural resources while leading the fight against climate change
• This year’s extensive wildfire season, exacerbated by dry conditions linked to climate change, challenges this stance
• The country's oil sands extraction is energy-intensive, making its oil among the world's dirtiest

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The wildfires, intensified by climate change, underscore the environmental impact of Canada's significant oil and gas production
• This situation underscores the challenges in balancing economic interests with environmental responsibilities and raises questions about the country's ability to meet its climate goals while continuing to be a major oil nation.

⏭️ What's next: Some of the challenges Canada faces for the future include navigating the complexities of its oil and gas production, while striving to meet its climate targets
• This involves critically assessing and managing its reliance on carbon capture technology and other emission offset measures, amidst the urgent need to reduce its environmental footprint, especially concerning the intensive oil sands extraction

💬 One quote: "There’s no way Canada can reach our 2050 target if oil and gas doesn’t do its fair share" (Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change)

📈 One stat: Oil and gas contribute almost a third of Canada's emissions, with the sector making up about 5 percent of Canada’s GDP; in Alberta, the heart of Canadian oil country, the sector accounts for about 21 percent

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