Metal and mineral commodities are just as prone to boom-bust cycles as fossil fuels.
Almost three-quarters of respondents said the cost of regulatory compliance was a deterrent to investment in the province.
Canadian governments have worked to keep oil and gas resources locked in the ground.
The federal government should undo regulations that impede large infrastructure projects including pipelines.
Like Germany, Ottawa has mandated the phase-out of conventional coal-fired electricity generation.
The carbon tax will cost Canadians an estimated 184,000 jobs.
The costs of rare materials needed to create wind turbines and solar panels have risen steadily.
Hard emission caps degrade the value of carbon taxes and regulations.
Federal Bill C-69 has made the regulatory system for new energy development more complex, uncertain and subjective.