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Writing about Energy Politics from Different Perspectives – Contest Winners

The Communicating Energy conference participants were each given a five page excerpt from a Bloomberg-Nanos-survey in British Columbia on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. Participants were tasked with reviewing the documents and making notes of the important facts and figures. Then, they were asked to write two short columns. One column was intended to offer a favourable or supportive perspective on the proposed pipeline project; the other was intended to offer a critical or opposition perspective. In both columns, participants were asked to integrate their observations and the polling data.

Below are the two winning assignments:

Winner: Naomi Christensen

British Columbian’s opposition to Northern Gateway Continues:

A new Bloomberg-Nanos survey released last week shows the majority of British Columbians continue to be opposed to Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents in the random telephone survey conducted between May 27 and 31 felt the Gateway pipeline should either not be approved (34%) or that it should be delayed for further review (33%). Less than thirty percent of respondents were in favour of approval.

Enbridge’s pipeline proposal would see crude from the Alberta tar sands shipped across B.C to the port of Kitimat. The Bloomberg-Nanos poll confirms British Columbian’s continue to be concerned about the detrimental effects this could have on B.C communities, with thirty-six percent of respondents’ views being that the pipeline may lead to future oil spill in the province.

Despite it’s consistent pushing for the Northern Gateway pipeline project, less than half of respondents felt the federal government is a credible source for information. The government is expected to respond to the Joint Review Panel’s report next week.


Widespread support for Northern Gateway among Residents of BC:

With the federal government’s response to the Joint Review Panel’s report on the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline expected next week, a new Bloomberg-Nanos poll shows broad support for the project throughout British Columbia.

In a random telephone survey conducted between May 27 and 31, sixty-two percent of respondents said they believed the project should be approved or reviewed further. Only half that amount, thirty-four percent of respondents are opposed to the pipeline being approved.

The proposed pipeline would ship oil sands bitumen from Bruderhiem, AB to Kitimat, BC and from there gain access to new markets in Asian that are anxious for increased sources of energy. It seems the message of jobs and growth related with the pipeline project that has been put forward by both the Harper and Clark governments as well as the project proponent, Enbridge, is working. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed had the view that the pipeline will create jobs in BC, and sixteen percent see the pipeline as generating revenue in province to fund valued government programs.

Naomi

Amanda Achtman and Ezra Levant present first place winner Naomi Christensen with her award. She received a Kindle Liberty from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).  This Library of Liberty includes 50 classics from Plato to Hayek on a Kindle Paperwhite with a custom-designed protective cover along. She also received two DVD documentaries: Mine Your Own Business and Not Evil, Just Wrong.

 

Honourable Mention: Shantel Beach

Overwhelming Lack of Support for Proposed Pipeline Through B.C.

A recent report by Bloomberg-Nanos finds that according to a random telephone survey conducted in British Columbia, only a minority want approval of the proposed Enbridge pipeline at this time.

The Enbridge oil pipeline, which is posed to transport large amounts of Alberta’s tarsands to the Pacific Coast, has caused major controversy in communities across Canada. According to the survey, thirty four percent of those surveyed prefer the project not be approved and another thirty three percent want the project delayed for further review. A large number of respondents believed that someday the pipeline might lead to an oil spill.

The Harper government has a lower comparative credibility on this issue. Environmental groups and Aboriginal leaders have the highest comparable credibility, followed by the Clark provincial government, Enbridge and the Harper government.


 

New Poll Shows Public Support for Northern Gateway Pipeline

A recent report by Bloomberg-Nanos finds that according to a random telephone survey conducted in British Columbia, only a minority want approval of the proposed Enbridge pipeline at this time. The Enbridge oil pipeline, which is posed to transport large amounts of Alberta’s tarsands to the Pacific Coast, has caused major controversy in communities across Canada. According to the survey, thirty four percent of those surveyed prefer the project not be approved and another thirty three percent want the project delayed for further review.

A large number of respondents believed that someday the pipeline might lead to an oil spill. The Harper government has a lower comparative credibility on this issue.

Environmental groups and Aboriginal leaders have the highest comparable credibility, followed by the Clark provincial government, Enbridge and the Harper government.

Shantel

Shantel Beach received an honourable mention. She was awarded two ISI-published books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism and Roots of Freedom: A Primer on Modern Liberty along with two DVD documentaries: Mine Your Own Business and Not Evil, Just Wrong.