NATIONAL OBSERVER This story is part of "Covering Climate Now," a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story: --> The Government of Alberta has created the new “Energy War Room” (with an annual budget of $30 million) to combat environmental NGOs, specifically those who have been campaigning against the oil sector. This may come as a surprise to taxpayers wondering why a billion-dollar industry needs such government-subsidized assistance in the first place. Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage provided an answer of sorts, offering the following as the higher purpose of the Energy War Room: More here. An aerial photo believed to depict a dump site near the Muskeg River mine, Alberta tar sands. A "Beautiful Destruction" photo.