Support for "climate action" falling fast

Sinking fast

The ABC reports this (through gritted teeth, naturally):

New research shows support for taking action on climate change is falling steeply.

The Lowy Institute’s annual poll asked about 1,000 people for their opinions on a range of topics, including climate change and the war in Afghanistan.

The poll shows that there has been a steep fall in the number of Australians who think climate change is a serious problem which needs addressing now.

It says 41 per cent of respondents want to see action even if it means a significant cost, down 27 percentage points since 2006.

Thirty-nine per cent of poll respondents said they would not be willing to pay anything extra on their electricity bill to help tackle climate change.

Read it here.


  1. “…41 per cent of respondents want to see action even if it means a significant cost…”

    I’m sure I have said it before, but I think this is one of the many many things that annoys me a lot in this whole AGW discussion, people who say “we need to do something to save the environment”, followed by “a carbon tax is something, therefore we should do that. Combine that with the scarily commonly held belief, that to do something good, or selfless, then we should suffer for it, and if we don’t suffer, then we cant be doing something good (like having 4 minute cold showers to “save” water, or paying a tax on CO2).

    Perhaps this so-called debate (though to be a debate, you’d expect a rational discussion, not a name-calling exercise that the media have turned it in to) has gone on so long that people are starting to think a bit about it. One can only hope…

  2. The Loaded Dog says:

    (through gritted teeth, naturally)

    Gritting so hard they would be chipping enamel off their teeth.

  3. rukidding says:

    Wait till the great unwashed find out their job and life style will be going down the toilet.

  4. I love how they try to make the figures fit their agenda. Here are some other ways to write the report.

    “59% of Australians do not think climate change is a serious problem”

    “Support for climate change action at a cost plummets 40%”

  5. Baldrick says:

    The first sign of Global Cooling 🙂

  6. John Nicol says:

    The flavour of the month has been to denigrate sceptics without any reference to the science at all. The meeting of Science and Technology in Canberra, a series of blogs including 12 articles on The Coversation blog site written by “Climatologists” such as Ian Enting – Melbourne mathematician actually – totally committed to the task of putting down well known scientists such as Bob Carter, Ian Plimer, Bill Kininmonth, David Evans, Richard Lindzen, John Wilkie, Roy Spencer, Joe D’Aleo…. without any explanation of course as to why they are wrong and the IPCC is so right! However, the new polling has cought up with the previously pro-IPCC news papers, the SMH which will have an article on the counter consensus this week I believe, and the Age which has an article today by Bob Carter, a major break through!

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