Alberta Oil magazine has published its National Survey on Energy Literacy, the culmination of 1,396 online interviews of a representative sample of Canadians conducted by Leger.
The results are particularly interesting coming from Alberta Oil, a magazine destined for the desks of the energy sector’s senior executives and decision-makers.
There are quite a few nuggets in the survey’s findings that are probably causing a headache or two in Calgary’s corner offices this week. Here are 5.
1) Opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline is just as serious as opposition to Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline — if not more so, according to the survey.
2) Fewer than one-in-ten post-secondary graduates find oil and gas industry associations credible and trustworthy when it comes to carbon emissions.
3) Young people aren’t super stoked on the future of the energy industry. Just 16.5 per cent of people 18-34 described it as “essential,” compared to 30.3 per cent overall.
4) While British Columbia has thus far been the focal point of Canada’s pipeline debate, the strongest opposition to the oil and gas sector is actually in Quebec. That’s going to have big ramifications for the proposed Energy East pipeline that would theoretically transport bitumen across that province.
5) The editors at Alberta Oil do some hand-wringing about Canadians’ lack of “energy literacy“.
editors note: from my experience in the media I have learned polls about such complicated issues can rarely get good results. Simply put – those being asked don’t understand the issues enough to make an informed decision. An emotional one yes, but informed, not likely.