Our Influence

Energy Probe was one of only two “pressure” groups cited by the inaugural edition of The Canadian Encyclopedia for being effective in influencing our country’s policies. The Canadian Encyclopedia added: “despite its low budget, Energy Probe is respected for its scrupulous research.”

Our work often distinguishes itself by its academic standing. Most of our books have been adopted by university courses, our work appears in leading university texts, and it is published by academic publishers in Canada, the United States, and France. A number of our books have been translated into the Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Estonian, and Finnish languages.

EPRF also influences policy decisions. Our views are heard by provincial and federal legislative committees, environmental assessment boards, and other regulatory agencies when we testify at hearings on a wide variety of pressing issues. Our factual, non-ideological studies are cited favourably by political parties of all stripes; similarly, our common-sense positions receive plaudits from both Ralph Nader organizations and right-wing think tanks such as the Fraser Institute.

And with the public we continue to have a major influence. Hundreds of thousands encounter our research through our best-selling books and our frequent media appearances, including Lawrence Solomon’s weekly column in the National Post. We reach thousands more through our electronic newsletters. We also maintain Canada’s most popular – and most intensively used – environmental web site. According to Amazon’s Alexa metric, Canadians are more likely to stay on our site after arriving than they do on other environmental groups’ sites. They view many more of our pages, and they spend more time reading our material. In fact, visitors to our site stay with us four times as long as with the next most engrossing site.

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