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The dividing line in the climate-change debate



Postmedia News February 23, 2011 8:01 AM
source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Canadians+more+likely+than+Americans+believe+global+warming+Survey/4331188/story.html

The dividing line in the climate-change debate could be the 49th parallel, according to a new survey that suggests there are major differences in attitudes between Canadians and Americans when it comes to global warming.

A survey released Wednesday found that 80 per cent of Canadians polled said they believe there is solid evidence of global warming, compared to 58 per cent of Americans.

The survey is being touted as the first to explicitly compare public opinions in Canada versus the United States. The results had some potentially significant information for political leaders, as they suggest that 73 per cent of Canadians would be willing to pay at least $50 a year in extra energy costs so more renewable energy could be produced.

Of Americans surveyed, 55 per cent said they'd be willing to pay the extra costs of green energy. The survey was commissioned by two Canadian organizations, the Public Policy Forum and Sustainable Prosperity.

"The results are encouraging and in-line with much of the research that we have recently published," Sustainable Prosperity's Alex Wood said in a statement. "The numbers are clear, Canadians want smart climate-change policy, and the evidence here is that they believe carbon pricing to be a central element of smart climate change policy."

In both countries, the belief in climate change also fell along political lines, with those on the right — Republicans and Conservatives — less likely to believe in climate change. The survey also suggested the majority of Canadians believe that both the federal and provincial governments should take actions to reduce global warming.

The results were being presented Wednesday by two of the lead researchers at an event in Ottawa called Continental Divide? Canadian and U.S. Views on Energy and Climate Change. Leger Marketing conducted the telephone survey of 1,214 Canadian respondents.

The Canadian results have a reported margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points 19 times out of 20. In the U.S., 916 people were surveyed, giving that country's results a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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A survey released Wednesday found that 80 per cent of Canadians polled said they believe there is solid evidence of global warming, compared to 58 per cent of Americans.

The key word here is believe. Truth and science is self evident.
Nobody censors what they agree with