In a survey on energy systems conducted in May 2019, Alberta respondents were asked a series of questions on energy systems. The purpose of the survey was first to judge initial energy literacy, and then upon providing further technical information, assess whether views on fusion energy would change. The survey questions are provided below.
How would you rate your knowledge of alternatives to fossil fuels (oil, gas) for producing energy?
How interested are you in learning more about alternative sources of energy?
Where do you get information about energy alternatives?
What percentage of Canada’s energy is used in each of the following areas: industrial; transportation; heat/power for residences & buildings?
What percentage of the energy used in Canada is from: refined petroleum products; natural gas; electricity?
Please rank these environmental impacts of energy production and consumption.
Below are things that society & government could consider when deciding what types of energy to support. How do you rank these factors?
How do you rank these factors?
There are many different ways to produce energy for heat, electricity, and transportation. Which of the following energy sources are you very familiar with (you could describe it to others)?
What do you know/think/guess are some of the differences between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion?
Please rank the top three forms of energy that you think the governments in Canada should “support”.
Which of the following words would you use to describe nuclear energy (fission, fusion), fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil), renewables (biomass, hydro, solar, wind)?
Which material do you think produces the most energy per kilogram?
Which energy system produces the most greenhouse gas emissions to create energy for electricity?
Which energy system uses the most land to create energy for electricity?
Which energy system consumes (uses up) the most water to create energy for electricity?
Please rank, where should be the most important consideration to Canadian governments.
Given what you’ve read, how do you rank these factors now?
Given what you have read, please rank the top three forms of energy that you think the governments in Canada should “support”.