September 20th, 2022 - A new poll has found that a growing number of Canadians support our country’s role as a responsible and reliable global energy producer and exporter.
According to the poll - conducted by Research Co. on behalf of Canada Action - a majority of Canadians, nearly three out of four (73% of respondents), believe Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) can help improve global energy security and sustainability efforts.
The poll questioned 1,000 adults online across the country and found that most respondents have an overwhelmingly positive view of the energy sector. Other findings include:
> 80% of respondents – or four-in-five Canadians – said that given global energy demand is forecasted to grow 50% by 2050, they support trade in all Canadian energy technologies including solar, wind, hydro, hydrogen, geothermal, biofuels, and oil and gas.
> 79% of respondents – or nearly eight-in-ten Canadians – said they prefer to use Canadian energy in their day-to-day lives.
> 75% of respondents – or three-in-four Canadians – agree that exporting our responsible and reliable energy, expertise and technology to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one way Canada can play an important role in addressing climate action. This is a one per cent increase since the question was asked in March.
> 73% of respondents – or nearly three-quarters of Canadians – agree that our country should advocate for Canada’s energy sector as a leader in environmentally sustainable production.
> After having been informed that from 2000 to 2019, the emission intensity of Canada’s oil sands operations dropped by approximately 33% due to technological and efficiency improvements, 73% of respondents – or almost three-in-four Canadians – agree we should advocate for Canada’s energy sector as a leader in environmentally sustainable production.
> 63% of respondents – or more than three-in-five Canadians – agree that investing in Canada’s oil and gas sector makes sense if you value climate leadership, social progress and transparency.
> 56% of respondents think its wrong for Canada to forfeit energy opportunities to other countries with higher emissions in regards to LNG – representing a rise in public support of 5% since the last poll in March 2022.
“These latest polling results confirm exactly what we’ve found in our media interviews, community events, social media engagements and public interactions over the last number of months,” said Cody Battershill, Founder and Chief Spokesperson of Canada Action.
“Canadians are coming to understand the world will need oil and gas long into the future, and so Canada should continue to play a strong role as a country that respects workers, families and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and that adheres to the strictest environmental, health and safety regulations in the world,” Battershill added.
The World Needs More Canadian Resources
Canada Action’s latest poll comes amid an ongoing global energy crisis where many countries have asked us for more of what we have: natural gas, hydrogen, minerals and metals, and other critical resources.
As one of the most responsible natural resource producers on the planet, it only makes sense that we provide the world with as much of these commodities as possible while following the world-class sustainability methods and standards our country is known for.
Canada is at a crossroads: either step up to help our closest allies and trade partners in need of our resources, or lose global market share - and the economic and environmental opportunities that come with - to suppliers with fewer protections for human rights and the environment.
A majority of Canadians across the country see the benefits of more Canadian resources on global markets. It’s time our country put its full support behind developing LNG, forestry, mining, oil and other natural resource sectors to benefit our families and the global climate.
Canada Action is a non-partisan national coalition that advocates for the responsible development of Canada’s various natural resources, for the industries that move that development forward, and for the workers, families and communities the sector supports.
The poll’s margin of error, which measures sample variability, is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.
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