73% of Canadians Support Earlier Coal Phaseout
Nearly three-quarters of Canadians support phasing out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030, according to a Nanos Research poll commissioned by Clean Energy Canada.
While the country’s last coal plant is currently scheduled to stay in operation until 2043, the survey of 1,000 people found that 73% supported or somewhat supported a faster shutdown.
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“Canadians want to see a climate and clean growth plan that will kick the energy transition into high gear,” said CEC Executive Director Merran Smith. “The world is shifting to clean energy, and Canada can be among the leaders if we adopt strong policies to capitalize on our clean energy advantage.”
In the poll, 77% of respondents supported switching vehicles and buildings to clean electricity, 80% supported a national clean fuel standard, 82% backed federal technology and infrastructure support for provincial use of renewable energy, and 76% wanted to see Ottawa make clean energy investment a top priority.