Poll: Canadians Want a National Strategy to Create Clean Energy Jobs, Improve Energy Efficiency
According to a new poll, Canadians believe the country needs an energy plan that reduces fossil fuel dependence, cuts energy waste, creates more clean-energy jobs, fights climate change, and sets aside a portion of oil wealth to help prepare for a clean, and renewable energy future.
“Citizens are hungry for a smart plan that will move the nation forward on the emerging global clean-energy opportunity and tackle climate change at the same time,” says Merran Smith, director of the energy initiative at TidesCanada. “If the premiers are ready to forge a bold new energy plan to make Canada a clean-energy leader, the nation is ready for it.”
Tides Canada commissioned Harris/Decima to poll Canadians, coinciding with last week’s Council of the Federation meeting of provincial premiers. The premiers are expected to discuss the shape, and scope of a potential Canadian energy strategy.
Canadians were asked to indicate to what degree they would prioritize a series of objectives for a potential Canadian energy strategy. They identified as a “top” or “high” priority “improving energy efficiency” (82 per cent), “creating more jobs in clean energy” (75 per cent), “reducing Canada’s carbon pollution to slow down climate change” (66 per cent), and “reducing our reliance on fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal” (66 per cent).
In contrast, only 33 per cent of those surveyed placed a “top” or “high” priority on “exporting more of Canada’s oil and gas resources.”
Meanwhile, 82 per cent of those surveyed said that they either “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” that “Canada should set aside a portion of its oil wealth to help prepare the nation for a clean and renewable energy future.”
According to TidesCanada, 87 per cent of those surveyed either “strongly” or “somewhat” agree with the statement “the nation needs a Canadian energy strategy to plan its energy future.”
SOURCE: Tides Canada Energy Initiative