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Opinions Divided on Climate Change and CCS in Saskatchewan

July 16, 2012

REGINA, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Saskatchewan residents have strong but
divided opinions about climate change and carbon capture and storage
(CCS) technology, concludes a public opinion survey commissioned by
IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. released today.

“Almost seven in ten (68%) residents are concerned about climate
change,” said Joe Ralko, Director of Communications for IPAC-CO2, who
managed the survey.

“However, there is no consensus on how to address the problem. That
could be because the survey discovered there is no agreement on what
residents believe to be the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
What the people of Saskatchewan are saying is that whatever steps are
taken to mitigate climate change must be effective.”

Saskatchewan residents are clear on their trusted sources of information
on climate change.

“Our study shows scientists and researchers (73 %) are the most trusted
source for information but they are confused about the impacts of CO(2 )on the environment, and don’t know what the risks and benefits of carbon
capture and storage are,” said Dr. Carmen Dybwad, Chief Executive
Officer of IPAC-CO2.

“People are overwhelmed by the information that is out there, which is
why there needs to be a group like IPAC-CO2 who can communicate about
CCS and climate change.”

Responses for the survey were collected from 1,003 Saskatchewan
residents between May 30 and June 8 using Insightrix Research Inc.’s
proprietary online panel, SaskWatch Research(TM).

“We set specific quotas for demographic variables, such as: age, gender,
education, region, income and voting, to ensure the sample of
respondents mirrored the general population throughout Saskatchewan,”
said Briana Brownell, Manager of Analytics at Insightrix.

Thirty-two percent of those surveyed believe that CCS could be very or
fairly effective in fighting climate change while 39 percent think it
would not be very effective, or not at all effective.

The remaining 29 percent are unsure, which is a notable increase from
the 2011 research where 20 percent of those surveyed did not have an
opinion whether or not CCS would be effective in fighting climate
change.

A majority of Saskatchewan residents (58%) believe that climate change
is occurring due to a combination of human activity and natural climate
variation.  Some (21%) believe that climate change is occurring due to
human activity, and even less think that climate change is occurring
only because of natural variation (16%).

“Compared to 2011, the opinions of Saskatchewan residents on their
anticipated level of concern if a carbon dioxide (CO(2)) storage site was to be located within 5 kilometers of their home has
shifted,” said Brownell.

“The proportion who would be fairly or very worried has decreased (from
49% to 43%), while a higher proportion of residents are unsure (10% vs.
16%).”

CCS involves extracting carbon dioxide during the process of power
generation or from heavy industrial operations such as steel mills or
cement plants, compressing it and storing the CO(2) permanently in depleted oil or gas fields or saline aquifers.

IPAC-CO2 Research Inc., the International Performance Assessment Centre
for geologic storage of Carbon Dioxide, is an environmental
non-government organization (ENGO) created to provide independent risk
and performance assessments, develop standards, conduct applied
research and engage communities, government and industry leaders on all
aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

The 2012 survey on Public Awareness and Acceptance of CSS in Saskatchewan is available on IPAC-CO2′s website at: www.ipac-co2.com/research

A national survey on Public Awareness and Acceptance of CCS in Canada will be released by IPAC-CO2 in August 2012.

SOURCE IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.


Source: PR Newswire