Survey: Canadians Support Higher Fuel Economy Standards as Top Measure to Counter Global Warming
31 January 2007
Globe and Mail. A Strategic Counsel survey for Canada’s The Globe and Mail and CTV found that higher fuel-economy standards and forcing consumers and industry to switch to alternative fuels rank No. 1 (86%) and No. 2 (80%) in terms of what Canadians are most likely to support to counter global warming.
Only 31% voiced support for charging significantly higher prices for gasoline and home heating fuel, but 72% were willing to pay more for a fuel-efficient car.
The survey, which polled 1,000 Canadians, also found that 62% of those polled said Canadians would be willing to have the economy grow at a “significantly slower rate” to reduce global warming.
The dramatic rise in production from Alberta’s oil sands has played a key role in Canada’s economic strength in recent years, but the survey suggests a willingness to give up some of that growth.
When asked if Canadians would support slowing or reducing the development of the tar sands in Northern Alberta, 48 per cent said there would be support and 32 per cent predicted opposition to the idea.
The survey was taken between Jan. 11 and 14 and is accurate to within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
|Survey: Which of these measures would you support to reduce carbon emissions?|
|Raising fuel standards for vehicles and appliances||86%|
|Consumers and industry switching to alternative fuels||80%|
|Banning coal fueled electrical generating facilities||62%|
|Setting limits on fossil fuel consumption||56%|
|Reducing development of Alberta’s oil sands||48%|
|Higher prices for gasoline and home heating fuel||31%|
(A hat-tip to Bob!)
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