GUELPH, ON — Mike Schreiner released the following statement about support for the oil and gas industry during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“My heart goes out to every worker impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic right now.
I support the federal government keeping people employed through environmental clean-up and remediation of abandoned wells.
But we have a broken system that allows oil and gas companies to profit, while leaving governments and taxpayers footing the clean-up bill.
And I am truly alarmed by a leaked letter revealing Big Oil’s ploy to manipulate the COVID-19 crisis to delay action on the climate crisis and avoid environmental laws.
It is outrageous that they think a global public health crisis should give them a free pass to pump more pollution into our air.
The federal and provincial governments must put together an economic recovery plan that invests in the clean jobs of tomorrow, not the big polluters of the past.”