An overwhelming majority of Albertans believe the central plank in the federal governments new environmental plan isnt tough enough to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from their provinces largest industry, a new poll reveals.
The survey, commissioned by an Alberta-based environmental think tank, found more than two-thirds of respondents believe industries should be forced to make absolute reductions in their levels of pollution, instead of being required to reduce the intensity of their emissions.
But only 20% of those surveyed said they agreed that targets should seek to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per barrel of oil produced, even if total emissions continue to increase, which is the definition of an intensity target.
On the other side, 70% said targets should seek to reduce the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions below current levels even if it costs industry more. Nine percent said they had no preference, according to the poll which is considered accurate within 4.4 percentage points.
The poll also revealed that 92% of Albertans supported mandatory regulations for oilsands companies
This is a significant result. The whole intensity target regime is overwhelming a Alberta first issue. The fact that Albertans reject the concept as fraud undercuts Baird's entire economic doom and gloom argument, not to mention the notion of unfairly punishing certain segments of the economy. Even those with a direct self-interest can see through the Conservative environmental mirage. The question then becomes, does John Baird have any supporters?