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Canadians Overwhelmingly Believe Climate Change Is Occurring

August 15, 2012

REGINA, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Only two per cent of Canadians believe
climate change is not occurring, a new important survey released today
by IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. concluded.

The survey comes on the heels of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s recent
push for a National Energy Strategy, which would address the future of
Canada’s oil and gas industries, and its approach to carbon management.

“Our survey indicates that Canadians from coast to coast overwhelmingly
believe climate change is real and is occurring, at least in part due
to human activity” explained Dr. Carmen Dybwad, CEO of the
environmental non-government organization. “These findings have been
consistent from 2011 and 2012. Canadians care about issues like extreme
weather, drought and climate change.”

Opinions about the cause of climate change and how to combat it are,
however, sharply divided among the provinces and by region.

“Canadians most commonly (54%) believe that climate change is occurring
partially due to human activity and partially due to natural climate
variation,” said Briana Brownell of Insightrix Research, who conducted
the survey for IPAC-CO2.

“Residents of Quebec (44 %), Atlantic Canada (34%) and British Columbia
(32 %) are more likely to believe climate change is occurring due to
human activity than those on the Prairies (Alberta and Saskatchewan 21
%, Manitoba 24 %).”

Canadians are also divided on what they believe should be the priorities
to fight climate change.

A total of 35% of Canadians believe the priority should be to promote
cleaner cars running on electricity or low-carbon fuels while only 13%
favored a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from the whole economy.
Support for a carbon tax is lowest in B.C. (6%) and highest in Quebec
(24%).

A key solution cited by Canadians is Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS,
which involves capturing carbon dioxide from an industrial source of
greenhouse gases, transporting it, and storing it deep in the Earth’s
subsurface.

A majority of Canadians agree that capturing and storing carbon dioxide should be compulsory when building a new coal (59%) or natural gas (57%)
power plant, though Canadians are concerned about the risks associated
with CCS.

Quebec residents (71%) would be the most concerned if carbon dioxide was
stored underground within 1.5 kilometres to 3 kilometres from their
home, while Saskatchewan residents (43%) were the least worried.

Residents of B.C. (60%) are most likely to believe that the storage of
carbon dioxide represents a safety risk in the future. Again,
Saskatchewan residents (48%) are significantly less likely to hold this
belief.

“CCS is not the “magic bullet” solution to combat climate change, but
the development of CCS technology represents a necessary step in
reducing Canada’s emissions,” said Dr. Dybwad.

For a second consecutive year, IPAC-CO2 contracted Insightrix Research,
Inc. to conduct an online survey of Canadian residents. Survey
responses were collected from 1,550 Canadians between May 29 and June
11.

The percentage of Canadians who are unsure whether or not they would
benefit from CCS has increased notably from 42% in 2011 to 48% in 2012.

Residents of Ontario are more likely to believe that it would (33%)
benefit them, while in Quebec the reverse is true, where 30% believe
they would not benefit from the technology.

The proportion of Canadians who are unsure of the effectiveness of
carbon capture and storage has increased notably from one quarter (24%)
in 2011 to one third (35%) in 2012.

Despite the concerns many Canadians have about the technology, Dr.
Dybwad remained optimistic about the future of CCS and its impact on
Canada’s environment.

“Canadians are concerned about the risks and benefits involved with CCS,
but IPAC-CO2 exists to ensure that carbon dioxide is stored safely and
permanently in the ground by providing risk and performance assessments
of carbon dioxide( )storage projects.”

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

SOURCE IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.


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