Canadians Evenly Split on Alberta Oil Sands
Canadians 51% over 49% take energy needs over the environment.
Canadian Film Director James Cameron is touring the Alberta Oil Sands this week. Cameron is the world famous director of Avatar and Titanic. He is expected to meet with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach later this week.
Amidst a negative ad campaign against the Oil Sands, Ipsos Reid has released a poll, which shows that Canadians are equally split on the Albert Oil Sands.
The poll was conducted on behalf of CBC. The poll suggests that Canadian are evenly split on the issue. 51% of Canadians agreed with the statement "while there are some risks to the environment with this development, the need for energy in Canada outweighs those risks." 49% of Canadian disagreed.
Interestingly enough the nation is regionally divided on this issue. A majority of Albertans (no surprise), Ontarions, Maritimers and British Columbians (big surprise), think energy needs outweigh the risks to the environment.
On the other side, Quebec (71%), Manitoba and Saskatchewan (both 60%) believe that the environment is more important than the risks.
Amazingly, 22% of Canadians don.t know enough, or even care about the Alberta Oil Sands.
Alberta and the Oil Industry have recently mounted a counter campaign. Syncrude has shown a reclaimed tailing pond. Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach met with Nancy Pelosi in Ottawa and three U.S. Senators, including Lindsey Graham, recently visited the Oil Sands.
James Cameron, who is visiting now, has already blasted the project, describing it as a black eye on Canada. Will the tour convince him to think otherwise?
A majority of Canadians (70 per cent) have seen, read or heard something about oilsands development, for example, through news coverage, but 30 per cent say they have not.
However, nearly one quarter (22 per cent) of Canadians who have heard about oilsands development either don't know or don't care enough to determine whether or not it's a good thing or a bad thing.
When combined with the proportion who haven't heard about the development, this amounts to about four in 10 (42 per cent) Canadians who are either in the dark or indifferent about the project.
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