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Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change (2018-2021)


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.

This review, authored by Positive Energy Doctoral Candidate Rafael Aguirre, explores scholarly literature on polarization as a general phenomenon, as well as the state of knowledge over its extent and nature in the energy and environmental domain.

This report unpacks the core challenges and opportunities when it comes to building confidence in public authorities making decisions about Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change. The study also describes Positive Energy's research and engagement program for the next three years.

Public Confidence in Energy Decision-Making (2015-2018)

The Role of Public Authorities

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The Role of Local Communities

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Public Opinion Survey Research (2015 - 2021)


The results of our survey distinguish between fragmented opinion, where public opinion is split but views are not strongly held, and polarized opinion, where public opinion is both split and concentrated at the extremes. The survey was conducted by Positive Energy Faculty Members Erick Lachapelle and Stephen Bird.

Survey work from Nanos Research and Positive Energy gauges public opinion and polarization related to Canada’s performance on energy and environment, and identifies several key areas of agreement on energy and environmental policies.





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