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Gov't fails at going green, experts say

Canada
Edmonton Journal
20/07/2010
Mike De Souza

More than three out of four leading Canadian bureaucrats, scientists and industry leaders believe the Harper government is missing the boat on “greening” the economy and adopting the wrong policies to address climate change, according to a new international study.

The survey of 5,109 senior stakeholders from government, industry and academia was conducted by McAllister Opinion Research and is one of the largest studies of its kind to assess the opinions of leading government and professional experts.

Out of 4,282 Canadian experts who participated in the survey, which also included U.S. and European experts, 77 per cent rated Canada’s efforts at addressing climate change as poor or very poor, while 75 per cent had the same opinion about the country’s performance in developing a green economy.

The survey results also contrast with recent federal government policies to cancel measures supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy in favour of promoting new technologies that bury greenhouse gas emissions underground.

While 60 per cent of Canadian experts ranked increased energy efficiency as having high potential to achieve a sustainable future, only seven per cent believed that carbon capture and sequestration technologies for coal-fired electricity plants would have high potential.

The Harper government has earmarked more than $1 billion in subsidies to support the development of carbon capture and storage technology, but it has also recently cancelled or failed to renew programs supporting home energy retrofits and promoting renewable wind power development.

Sustainable community design with features such as public transit systems was viewed by 57 per cent of Canadian respondents as having high potential for greening the economy, followed by education and communication (55 per cent) and renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar (55 per cent).

The deployment of nuclear energy was the second least-favoured choice, supported by 17 per cent of the polled experts.

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