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Energies 2014, 7(1), 314-333; doi:10.3390/en7010314
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The Oil and Gas Discourse from the Perspective of the Canadian and Albertan Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Oil and Gas Industry

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 and 2,*
1 Bachelor of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1, Canada 2 Faculty of Medicine, Department Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1, Canada
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 20 November 2013 / Revised: 23 December 2013 / Accepted: 7 January 2014 / Published: 16 January 2014
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Abstract

Three of the major players in the discussion of the production of oil and gas are: (1) government; (2) the oil and gas industry and (3) non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A comparison of contributions from these three sources using a list of positive and negative words from the General Inquirer Category Listings showed that industry provided a very positive message about the production and consumption of oil and gas that is generally reinforced by government whereas NGOs advocated for a reduction in the use of oil and gas. Messages delivered by each player are focused on the same topics in either a positive or negative way and are often contradictory. The authors submit to be properly informed the public must consider all the sources in order to avoid bias. A mind map is presented in a supplementary file which summarizes information from each source in a comprehensive way. This approach can be used by consumers when considering the choice of using oil and gas and can be extended to the discourse beyond Canada.
Keywords: oil and gas discourse; consumer; NGO; government; industry; General Inquirer Category Listings oil and gas discourse; consumer; NGO; government; industry; General Inquirer Category Listings
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Noga, J.; Wolbring, G. The Oil and Gas Discourse from the Perspective of the Canadian and Albertan Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Oil and Gas Industry. Energies 2014, 7, 314-333.

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