Do you love oil? Hate oil? Either way, you’re in the minority.

By Bruce Anderson In our most recent national public opinion survey, we explored one of the most contentious topics in Canadian politics – oil – and found most people don’t find it all that contentious. When asked if they loved oil, hated oil, or “don’t have strong feelings about oil, it’s just a product that has

Is BC really polarized over Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto The Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project is one of the most hotly debated issues in Canadian politics in years. It would be easy to surmise that public opinion is deeply divided, and firmly entrenched. But our most recent poll of BC adults on this topic tells a somewhat different

Public Attitudes on Oil, Pipelines, Climate, and Change

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto We’ve been tracking opinion about oil, energy, pipelines and climate change for several years and late this summer returned to that subject in a nationwide study. Here are the highlights of our findings: Canadians are becoming more convinced that oil will experience a decline in demand in the next

Transition from Fossil Fuels? Not all that Controversial.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto One of the most topical political debates in Canada in recent months has been about how much our economy should depend in the future on harnessing fossil fuel resources. In our latest survey, we decided to do some more probing to understand current feelings. • Canadians tend to believe

Globe and Mail: Public attitudes a big hurdle to foreign takeovers

SHAWN MCCARTHY – GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Nov. 20 2012, 7:24 PM EST Asian companies looking to acquire Canadian oil and gas producers are running into a wall of resource nationalism, according to a new survey that shows Canadians believe the country’s resource endowment represents a strategic asset that requires federal protection.

Winnipeg Free Press: You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet: expect even bigger headlines for oilsands in 2011

By: Bob Weber, The Canadian Press After a year of scathing billboards in foreign cities, a virtual revolving door of American politicians and Hollywood celebrities, and a very public trial over 1,600 dead ducks, it may be hard to imagine how Alberta’s oilsands could get any more prominent. Just you wait. “We’re planning to double

Ethical oil or an environmental disaster? Neither, it’s about the economy, stupid

In a fragile economy, support for the oil sands is not about ethical oil but simple economics. By DAVID COLETTO Originally appeared in the The Hill Times on December 6, 2010 OTTAWA—We have all heard stories about the environmental disaster that is the Alberta oil sands: the toxic tailing ponds, killed flocks of ducks, and

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