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August 17 2012

22:02

Just 2% of Canadians Deny Climate Change Occurring, Poll Finds

Originally published on EnergyBoom.com

A recent survey conducted by Insightrix Research, Inc. has found that only 2% of Canadians believe climate change is not taking place.

The online poll, commissioned by IPAC CO2 Research Inc., a Saskatchewan-based center studying carbon capture and storage, asked respondents where they stood on the issue of climate change.

32% of participants said they believe climate change is occurring as a result of human activity, and 54% said they believe climate change is happening because of a combination of human activity and natural variation.  Meanwhile, 9% believe climate change is the result of the natural climate cycle.  Far in the minority were respondents (2%) that believed climate change is a hoax.

Conversely, in the United States climate denial represents a much larger chunk of the population, as a recent survey shows. 15% of Americans believe climate change is not occurring.

Much like the United States, Canadians' opinions on climate change vary depending on the region.  The Insightrix survey found that residents in the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) are least likely to believe humans are changing the climate, while those living in the Maritimes, Quebec, and British Columbia are most likely to hold the belief. 

Almost half (44%) of respondents in Quebec believe anthropogenic climate change is happening, while only 21% of participants in Alberta and Saskatchewan hold the same belief.

This regional divide also exists in regard to fossil fuel consumption.  66% of Albertan respondents believe fossil fuels will be used for electricity production in 2050, while only 37% of Quebecers held the same belief.  Across the country, 51% of Canadians believe fossil fuels will still be used for electricity in 2050.

Carmen Dybwad, CEO of IPAC CO2 Research, said:  "Our survey indicates Canadians from coast to coast overwhelmingly believe climate change is real and is occurring, at least in part due to human activity."

Image credit: ItzaFineDay via Flickr

December 02 2010

23:48

Salt Lake City Oil Spill: Chevron Pipeline Leaks Thousands of Gallons for Second Time in Six Months

After a Chevron oil pipe has leaked crude oil near the Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah for the second time in six months, city and state officials are calling for the oil company to shut down the pipeline indefinitely.

The leak which, was reported by Chevron employees at 11:30 PM on Wednesday, spilled an estimated 100 barrels of oil.  Emergency response crews, with the help of oil booms and earthern berms, were able to stop the flow of oil 50 before it reached the nearby Red Butte Creek.  

In June, the same section of the pipeline failed leading to 800 barrels of oil leaking into the community.  The oil contaminated three waterways: the Jordan river, Red Butte Creek, and the Liberty Park pond.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) allowed the pipeline to resume operations only eight days after the initial spill.  The DOT determined the pipeline was safe after Chevron conducted five tests of the compromised section.<!--break-->

The oil giant may not receive such an allowance this time around, especially if Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker has his way.  Becker has requested the DOT's Public and Hazardous materials Safety Administration shut the pipeline down indefinitely while an independent investigation of the pipeline and the latest incident is conducted.

This morning at a press conference an incensed Becker said, "At this point we cannot trust Chevron.  Chevron has broken the trust we have and the work that's been done to give us a safe pipeline and [our efforts] to protect the community." 

Although Chevron (NYSE: CVX) was not represented at the press conference, the company has stated it will take full responsibility for the oil spill.  The last spill, more major in its scope, saw Chevron receive a $423,600 fine from the U.S. government.  So, just how much responsibility the oil giant will have to assume will be a developing story.

Regardless of the financial and legal ramifications, it will be hard for Chevron to win back the citizens of Salt Lake City, many of whom have condemned the company after this incident.  Zach Frankel, executive director fo the Utah Rivers Council, said, "This outrageous spill demonstrates Chevron's incompetence. Chevron is a bad corporate steward of Utah's environment."

Image credit: Dan Morris

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