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article imagePoll: 2% of Canadians deny climate change, can't agree on cause

By Andrew Moran     Aug 16, 2012 in Environment
Regina - New findings from a recent study show that only two percent of Canadians deny that climate change is transpiring. Although most agree that it is occurring, there wasn't an exact consensus as to the cause.
In light of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s calls for a National Energy Strategy, a policy that would tackle the nation’s energy future, a new survey notes Canadians’ opinions on the environment and climate change.
IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. released its findings from a study conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. and the online survey suggested that only two percent of the populace disputes that climate change exists.
Even though it appears that most concur that climate change is ongoing, respondents had differing opinions as to why it is happening, especially when the question was posed in different provinces.
One-third of Canadians said they believe climate change is caused by human activity, while 54 percent said it was a mixture of both human activity and a natural cycle. Residents in British Columbia (32 percent), Quebec (44 percent) and Atlantic Canada (34 percent) tend to attribute humans to be the cause of climate change than those in Alberta (21 percent), Saskatchewan (21 percent) and Manitoba (24 percent).
“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," stated Dr. Carmen Dybwad, CEO of the environmental non-government organization, in a news release. “These findings have been consistent from 2011 and 2012. Canadians care about issues like extreme weather, drought and climate change.”
He also told CityTV that the two percent figure is similar to people believing in “little green spacemen” and that the number is still “pretty significant.” He did concede that a study will never have 100 percent.
When respondents were asked about priorities, more than one-third of respondents concurred with the promotion of cleaner vehicles using electricity or low-carbon fuels as a method to combat climate change. Only 16 percent agreed with a carbon tax.
The online study was conducted between May. 29 and Jun. 11 with 1,550 adult respondents. It contains a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.
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