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National poll reveals 87% of Canadians support green power

A national poll commissioned by environmental group Pollution Probe found that 87% of Canadians support the use of green power as a source of electricity and only 17% were not prepared to pay a premium for it. Oraclepoll Research surveyed 700 Canadians and found that green power was the preferred electricity supply source for 60%, followed by large hydro at 20%, natural gas-fired power plants at 15% and nuclear power at 5%. At the bottom of the list was coal-fired power. "It's time for Canada's federal and provincial governments to develop aggressive policies to promote the use of green power," says Ken Ogilvie, Pollution Probe's executive director. Pollution Probe recently released a green power strategy suggesting renewables should supply 25% of Canada's electricity by 2025 and 50% over the long term. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 3.7%.

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