Classes to start next week will teach consumers about the economic benefits of petroleum marketing, says the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Association.
The classes will be held at Calgary’s Centennial Park.
“It is something we are working on right now, but it’s an important thing for us to get right and I think the next step is to get that out to the public,” said Rob McLean, president of the association.
“We want to encourage people to take our courses and make an informed decision and not just jump to the conclusion that it’s just going to make sense for us.”
The Alberta Oil and Gas Commission will also be providing a presentation to the Alberta public on its plans to implement a tax on the oil and gas industry and a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, as part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from Alberta’s oilsands.
McLean said the oil industry needs to be given more time to make its plans for the industry and that the industry has to do it sooner rather than later.
“That’s a key piece for us,” he said.
The courses are part of a $10 million fund the Alberta government will use to start a new initiative to support Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry, and will be open to students in grades 6-12.
The funding comes from the province’s $1.1-billion investment in renewable energy projects.