BC residents want renewables not coal

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A majority of British Columbia (BC) residents oppose the development of coal fired generation in the province and want the government to promote renewable energy sources like wind, a poll commissioned by two environmental groups suggests. The poll, released by David Suzuki Foundation and the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, found that 69% disagree with coal as an energy option, while 86% strongly agree BC should pursue renewables. "The BC government should ask itself why it is encouraging coal fired power plants over clean energy choices," says the Sierra Fund's Sean Nixon. Two coal fired plants were among the 38 winners in government-owned BC Hydro's 2006 all-source call for power, stirring controversy in a province that has never had coal fired electricity. The poll also found 82% of British Columbians want climate change legislation with mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The province is developing a new energy strategy, which is to be released in early 2007.

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