In times of adversity, we can’t direct the wind, the old saying goes. But we can adjust our sails.
Today the winds are blowing toward a growing energy crisis sweeping Europe; oil and natural gas demand continues to rise, and Canadian product faces domestic protest that hinders us in global markets.
According to Research Co. polling carried out recently for Canada Action, Canadians want to supply world markets with our energy products.
It’s time to adjust our sails. A strong majority of Canadians (more than seven in 10 respondents) believe Canada’s liquified natural gas (LNG) can help improve global energy security and sustainability efforts, according to the poll conducted September 16 and 17.
Seventy-three per cent of respondents said our country should advocate for Canada’s energy sector as a leader in environmentally sustainable production. And almost eight in 10 respondents (79 per cent) said they prefer to use Canadian energy in their day-to-day lives.
The polling results confirm exactly what we’ve found in our media interviews, community events, social media engagements and public interactions over the last number of months. Canadians are increasingly proud of our world-leading energy industry.
But that’s not all. The poll, which questioned 1,000 adults online across Canada with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, also found:
When thinking about LNG, more than half of Canadians (56 per cent of those polled) said it’s wrong for Canada to forfeit energy opportunities to other countries with higher emissions. This represents a rise in public support of five per cent since this question was asked in a March poll.
Given global demand is forecasted to grow 50 per cent by 2050, four-in-five Canadians (80 per cent) support trade in all Canadian energy technologies including solar, wind, hydro, hydrogen, geothermal, biofuels, and oil and gas.
Three in four (75 per cent) agree exporting responsible and reliable Canadian energy, expertise and technology to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one way Canada can play an important role in addressing climate action – an increase of a percent since the question was asked in March.
More than three in five Canadians (63 per cent) agree that investing in Canada’s oil and gas sector makes sense if you value climate leadership, social progress and transparency.
And, after having been informed that from 2000 to 2019, the emission intensity of Canada’s oil sands operations dropped about 33 per cent due to technological and efficiency improvements, almost three in four Canadians (73 per cent) agreed we should advocate for Canada’s energy leadership in environmentally sustainable production.
The winds have changed. Canadians want to adjust with them. And when a growing majority wants to see our energy products in the global marketplace, the political will can’t be far behind.
Cody Battershill is a Calgary realtor and founder / spokesperson for CanadaAction.ca, a volunteer-initiated group that supports Canadian energy development and the environmental, social and economic benefits that come with it.