Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

April 24, 2009 12:06 ET

NATIONAL POLL: 76% of Canadians Support 5% Renewable Fuel Standard by 2010

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association today released the results of a national poll conducted by Praxicus Public Strategies on the environment and renewable fuels. The poll was conducted April 15-18, 2009 had a national sample of 1,000 Canadians. It has a margin or error +3.1% nineteen times out of twenty.

Highlights of the poll include:

Support for renewable fuels remains strong, and has improved since last year. In the poll, 69% of Canadians support replacing some of our fossil fuels with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel and 76% support a five percent renewable fuel standard by 2010. Fewer than one-in-five Canadians oppose either of these ideas.

Canadians want policy-makers to stay focused on achieving next-generation biofuels. Overall, 87% of Canadians support federal policies that would encourage the development of next generation biofuels (made from non-food stock such as corn-stalks, waste materials and algae).

Canadians strongly support the development of environmentally friendly and viable alternatives to fossil fuels as part of an "Energy and Environment" agenda. Given a list of possible elements of such an agenda, policies to encourage car companies to increase fuel efficiency received the highest level of support, followed by the alternative fuel development.

The development of alternative fuels and more fuel efficient vehicles ranked ahead of policies promoting the reduction of greenhouse gases. Supporting new green technologies to boost Canada's economy ranked fourth.

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