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Australians support renewables over coal

Posted 18 Jul 2018 05:00PM

Australians support renewables over coal 

The Lowy Institute Poll 2018: Understanding Australian Attitudes to the World has reported that Australians overwhelmingly believe that the government should focus on renewable energy over coal-fired power plants, even if such measures were to cost more.

The Lowy Institute Report says that in 2018, 59% of Australians say ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem’ about which ‘we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs’. Almost all Australians (84%) say ‘the government should focus on renewables, even if this means we may need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable’. Only 14% say ‘the government should focus on traditional energy sources such as coal and gas, even if this means the environment may suffer to some extent’.

The Sydney Morning Herald wrote on June 20 that “This jump in concern about climate change represents the most significant change in opinion ever found by the poll in its 14 years. It also found Australians consider climate change to be the third most significant national security threat after international terrorism and the North Korean nuclear program.”

The Pacific Calling Partnership calls on the Australian Government to recognise in its energy policy that 84% of all Australians support renewable energy sources over coal.

Read more in Nick O'Malley's 20 June Sydney Morning Herald article.  https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/huge-majority-supports-renewables-over-coal-even-at-greater-cost-20180619-p4zmcn.html

Lowy Institute Report:  https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/2018-lowy-institute-poll