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Survey says: the world wants Canadian oil first

Don Horne   


The world wants Canadian oil and natural gas, according to an updated international research survey by Ipsos, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

In the 2019 Global Energy Pulse, a follow up to its 2017 survey, Ipsos found respondents from 31 countries, chose Canada as their number one oil and natural gas exporter among the world’s top 11 energy-exporting nations.

“The results of the Global Energy Pulse once again confirm that people around the world want oil and natural gas made the Canadian way. Our industry is proud that people around the world want more Canadian oil and natural gas, and believe their lives will be better for it,” says Tim McMillan, president and CEO of CAPP. “With oil and natural gas expected to make up 52 per cent of total global energy demand by 2040, there is an opportunity for Canada to take a leadership role in providing the world with the energy it needs.”

Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry was also rated highly on innovation and use of cutting-edge technology aimed at minimizing environmental impacts.


At home, the vast majority of Canadians (70 per cent) prefer Canadian oil and natural gas to imports from other countries, and among those with an opinion, 52 per cent believe Canada’s energy is the safest and most responsibly produced in the world.

Interestingly, of the Canadians surveyed, half believed critical views about the industry were more about political confrontation and don’t reflect reality in Canada.

Globally, 71 per cent and 52 per cent believe natural gas and oil, respectively, will meet future energy demand, and about 50 per cent of those with an opinion agree our lives are better today because of what oil and natural gas makes possible.

Canada has enormous natural resources and a skilled and innovative workforce with high standards for safety, environmental performance, and technological expertise. The results of the survey show that Canadians, and people around the world, recognize Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is a leader. The world wants more Canadian energy.

The Ipsos 2019 Global Energy Pulse can be found here.

“We need to put the policies and infrastructure in place to get Canadian oil and natural gas to the global market,” says McMillan. “We are leaders in environmental stewardship, responsible development and sustainability. We have high expectations of our industry and that is recognized both at home and around the world.”


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