Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

April 30, 2008 10:25 ET

Canadians Support Fueling Change With Biofuels

National Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Ethanol and Biodiesel Blended Fuels

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - A new nationwide poll shows that Canadians overwhelmingly support the national renewable fuels strategy to blend biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel in Canada's fuel supply.

The national Praxicus Public Strategies Inc. poll conducted April 23-27 shows that 74% support the 5% national standard for ethanol and the 2% national standard for biodiesel, and a further 67% support increasing the national renewable fuel blend to 10% and 5% respectively.

"This poll shows that Canadians are looking to renewable fuels to fuel change across the country," said Gordon Quaiattini, President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. "Canadians clearly support replacing some of our fossil fuels with renewable fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. This will pay a variety of dividends: A cleaner, greener and more affordable source of energy that will strengthen economic prospects across Canada."

The poll also shows that 69% of Canadians strongly believe that we need to grow beyond oil by developing environmentally friendly and viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Indeed, according to a recent report from Merrill Lynch if not for biofuels, crude oil would be trading 15% higher and gasoline would be as much as 25% more expensive.

Canadian government studies and peer reviewed research show that ethanol and biodiesel are scientifically proven to reduce green houses gases compared to fossil fuels.

Currently in Canada we are able to produce roughly one billion litres of ethanol and 100 million litres of biodiesel. By no later than 2012 that is expected to increase to more than 2.5 billion litres of ethanol and more than 500 million litres of biodiesel. The renewable fuels industry is investing more than $1.5 billion in building production capacity in Canada and is helping to create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs and generating $600 million in annual economic activity.

"With oil at $120 a barrel, the case for viable alternatives to fossil fuels has never been stronger," concluded Quaiattini. "Ethanol, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and next generation biofuels are our best hope to grow beyond oil with cleaner fuels and provide some relief for Canadian consumers at the pump."

For the full poll please visit www.greenfuels.org.



Public Strategies Inc.
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5S6
Phone (613) 239-0531
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Canadian Renewable Fuels Association Survey
Question Results
April 23-27, 2008
n equals 1,200, Margin of Error +/-2.8%
Final Results

What would you say is the most important issue facing the country today?

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The Environment 21%
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Health Care 10%
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The Economy 21%
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Fuel/gas prices / energy costs 11%
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The War in Afghanistan / Terrorism 5%
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Social Programs / poverty 6%
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Fiscal Policy 4%
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Government/politicians/administration -
General/Political Integrity 3%
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Education 1%
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Crime 3%
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Moral Issues 0%
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Rising food prices 1%
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Other 7%
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Don't know/refused 7%
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Using a scale from 0, meaning 'not at all important', to 10, meaning 'very
important', rate the importance of each of the following issues facing the
federal government...(RANDOMIZE)

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0 - Not at Don't
all 10 - Very know/
important 1-2 3-4 5 6-7 8-9 important Refused MEAN
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Reducing
pollution and
greenhouse
gasses 1% 2% 4% 8% 13% 31% 39% 1% 8.09
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Reducing
healthcare
wait-times 1% 2% 3% 7% 19% 29% 38% 0% 8.04
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Ensuring a
strong
economy 1% 1% 2% 7% 18% 35% 36% 1% 8.17
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Taking
measures to
fight crime 1% 2% 6% 10% 22% 28% 31% 0% 7.71
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Reducing
taxes for
average
Canadians 3% 3% 7% 16% 22% 21% 27% 0% 7.08
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Improving
federal
government
accountability 2% 2% 6% 11% 19% 27% 32% 1% 7.62
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Taking
measures to
reduce gas
prices 4% 4% 5% 9% 17% 23% 38% 1% 7.53
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Taking
measures to
prevent
increases in
food prices 2% 4% 6% 12% 23% 28% 25% 0% 7.28
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Thinking about the current price of gasoline, which of the statements best
describes your own position?

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I do not drive or buy gasoline 14%
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The recent increases in gas prices have not significantly
impacted my life. 18%
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The recent increases in gas prices have caused me to think
about ways to drive less and save money, but there is very
little I can do in the short-term to reduce my driving. 51%
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The recent increases in gas prices have caused me to drive
less and find alternate ways to get around. 17%
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Don't Know 1%
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Which do you think is the MOST significant cause of the recent increases
in gas prices...

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Rank Ordered
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Major oil companies are taking too much profit 44%
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The OPEC cartel is limiting the supply of oil to the world
market 20%
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Increased demand from developing countries, like India
and China 19%
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The world is running out of oil 11%
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Don't Know 5%
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Refused 1%
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And which do you think is the SECOND MOST significant cause?

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Rank Ordered
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The OPEC cartel is limiting the supply of oil to the world
market 33%
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Increased demand from developing countries like India
and China 23%
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Major oil companies are taking too much profit 23%
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The world is running out of oil 13%
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Don't Know 6%
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Refused 1%
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Combined Mentions QP2 & QP3

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Major oil companies are taking too much profit 65%
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The OPEC cartel is limiting the supply of oil to the world
market 51%
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Increased demand from developing countries, like India
and China 41%
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The world is running out of oil 23%
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Don't Know 5%
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Refused 1%
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Which statement do you agree with more...

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We need to start developing alternatives to fossil fuels 60%
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We need to find ways to use less fossil fuels 35%
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Don't Know 5%
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Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly
disagree with each of the following statements...

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Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't
April 2008 agree agree disagree disagree Know
(Rank Ordered)
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We need to grow beyond oil
by developing
environmentally friendly
and viable alternatives
to fossil fuels 69% 23% 4% 2% 2%
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We need government policies
that encourage car
companies to increase fuel
efficiency 67% 24% 5% 3% 1%
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We need to drive less and
take public transit
more often 43% 33% 12% 9% 3%
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We need to increase the
supply of oil from
newer domestic sources like
the oil sands 29% 34% 17% 15% 5%
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Changing oil and gas prices
are a fact of life and
governments should leave
the market alone 20% 23% 19% 35% 3%
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Ethanol and biodiesel are fuels that are made from farm products that can be used to fuel cars, trucks and busses. These renewable fuels are produced from plants that can be grown and harvested each year unlike traditional fossil fuels like gasoline.

Do you think it is a very good idea, pretty good idea, pretty bad idea or very bad idea to replace some of our fossil fuels with renewable fuels like bio-diesel and ethanol?



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Very good 36%
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Pretty good 34%
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Pretty bad 11%
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Very bad 9%
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I don't know 9%
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NET: GOOD 71%
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NET: POOR 20%
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The Government of Canada has proposed a plan to require 5% renewable fuel like ethanol or biodiesel in Canadian gasoline and diesel fuel by 2010. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose this proposal?



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Strongly support 35%
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Somewhat support 38%
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Somewhat oppose 12%
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Strongly oppose 8%
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I don't know 6%
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NET: GOOD 74%
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NET: POOR 20%
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And do you think it would be a very good, pretty good, pretty poor or very poor idea to increase the requirement for renewable fuel like ethanol or biodiesel in Canadian gasoline and diesel to 10% as soon as it is practical to do so?



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Very good 37%
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Pretty good 30%
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Pretty poor 11%
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Very poor 13%
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Don't Know 7%
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Refused 1%
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NET: GOOD 68%
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NET: POOR 24%
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