Three-quarters of Alberta entrepreneurs are opposed to an expedited phase-out of coal-fired electricity, according to a new study.
A survey from The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) reveals only 14 per cent of Alberta entrepreneurs want to see the provincial and federal governments cut out coal completely by 2030.
“Environmental issues are a concern for many Canadians, small business owners included,” Amber Ruddy, Alberta director for the CFIB said in a Tuesday news release. “They feel strongly about environmental stewardship and support conservation efforts, but also want to grow the economy and create jobs.
On Monday, Ottawa announced it would take steps to phase out coal by 2030, several months after Alberta unveiled its plan to achieve the same goal.
Coal-fired plants under the previous federal conservative government had to meet greenhouse gas emission standards or be retired when they reached 50.
The CFIB says Albertans are concerned the new rules will create added cost for taxpayers, job losses and higher electricity bills for small and medium-sized businesses.
“This is a policy [that] will pile on additional costs onto Alberta’s small businesses for decades to come,” Ruddy says.
The CFIB is calling on the government to conduct a “comprehensive analysis” on the impact its coal phase-out plan will have on Alberta businesses and jobs.