Decision-makers in the energy and environmental communities occupy two separate realities over energy transition in Canada. The report’s lead author, Positive Energy researcher Dr. Marisa Beck, uncovered the two realities by asking over 40 energy and environmental leaders about their use and interpretation of the term “transition”.
There is more bipartisan and expert consensus on climate policy in Alberta than commonly believed. This report, led by Positive Energy Faculty Affiliate Professor Duane Bratt, is the first of four upcoming case studies that focus on initiatives to reduce polarization over energy and climate issues in Canada.
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Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Positive Energy Faculty Members Professor Stephen Bird of Clarkson University and Professor Erick Lachapelle of the Université de Montréal. Their latest survey report, co-authored with Dr. Monica Gattinger, examines the nature of public opinion across a range of energy contexts in Canada.
This includes the distinction between polarized and fragmented opinion on several key energy policies, including carbon pricing and the energy transition. The survey assesses attitudes towards energy across several demographic groupings, including political affiliation, region and age.
In the latest podcast episode, divided into two parts, Ian T. D. Thomson interviews Positive Energy Research Team member Duane Bratt, who discusses the history of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan: an ambitious policy program developed by the previous NDP government to address climate change in the oil and gas-rich province.
Positive Energy will publish Dr. Bratt’s case study in the coming weeks as part of its ‘What Works’ series exploring various efforts to address polarization over energy and climate.
Ian T. D. Thomson interviews Nik Nanos, Chair and CEO of Nanos Research and Chair of Positive Energy's Advisory Council. Mr. Nanos discusses two opinion surveys developed by Nanos Research in collaboration with Positive Energy. One survey examines Canadian public opinion on climate and energy issues; the other explores expert opinion on the topics.