61% of Canadians say protecting the climate more important than pipelines and tarsands

National poll shows Canadians want leadership on climate protection

OTTAWA, April 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadians believe climate disruption is a moral issue and that climate protection trumps development of the tarsands and pipelines. They want politicians to control carbon pollution and give citizens a say in energy decision-making.

Canadians believe:

  • Protecting the climate is more important than building the Energy East pipeline and further developing the tarsands (61% agree/strongly agree).
  • Building the Energy East pipeline to export tarsands oil is unethical because it is harmful to the environment (by a 3 to 1 margin that 56% agree/strongly agree; 18% disagree/strongly disagree).

For provinces along the Energy East Pipeline route, results were:

  • 71% of Québecers, 67% of Ontarians and 60% of New Brunswickers believe protecting the climate is more important than building the Energy East pipeline and further developing the tarsands (agree/strongly agree).
  • 68% of Québecers, 55% of Ontarians and 57% of New Brunswickers believe that building the Energy East pipeline to export tarsands oil is unethical because it is harmful to the environment.

http://climateactionnetwork.ca/2015/04/07/61-of-canadians-say-protecting-the-climate-more-important-than-pipelines-and-tarsands/

SOURCE Climate Action Network Canada

For further information: Dr. Louise Comeau, Climate Action Network, 1-506-238-0355, lcomeau@climateactionnetwork.ca; Steven Guilbault, Équiterre, 1-514-231-2650, guilbeault@equiterre.org

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