Australians are no dinosaurs when it comes to climate change and its solutions. There has always been majority support for Australian leadership in finding solutions to climate change. This held true even though attitudes took a battering during the long political battle from July 2007 when John Howard backed an emissions trading scheme through 2012 when the laws enabling such a scheme began.
Climate & Energy Program
This week energy company AGL released a research paper entitled Solving for ‘x’ – the New South Wales Gas Supply Cliff. The paper contains plenty of economic terms and algebra, but these merely serve to provide camouflage for another reiteration of the gas industry’s claims – that NSW is running low on gas and the only way around this is the development of coal seam gas (CSG) projects, such as AGL’s project in Gloucester.
The Australia Institute's research has shown these claims are untrue and self serving.
The Climate Institute has been measuring the ebbs and flows of Australian attitudes to climate change and its solutions through its Climate of the Nation research and reports since 2007.
This Spotlight Report provides an objective benchmark of attitudes to the issue of climate change in 2012 in Australia and a rigorous analysis, qualitative and quantitative, of the pros and cons of climate change and its solutions.
The Climate Institute has commissioned both quantitative and qualitative market research on the attitudes of the Australian public on climate change and climate change solutions, for the past three years. This research aims to understand and track Australians’ attitudes to climate change and policy over the past year, as well as identify and track issues, particularly among soft voters.
‘Minerals in the Australian economy’ is of course a big topic. On the one hand that means it is inevitable that major issues are not discussed. On the other hand it means that the contributor has a lot of scope to select what to talk about.
The position here is not to question the peak mineral thesis but to explore what that would mean for the Australian economy more widely.
Just to be clear though; much of the discussion below accepts the peak production thesis which suggests production will peak in the near future and decline thereafter.
In the aftermath of what has been described as the world’s ﬁrst “climate change” election, public interest remains strong on climate issues. The public appear to be cautiously sceptical about the major parties and their commitment to climate change. There remains a strong desire for further initiatives backed by meaningful targets.
The Climate Institute has commissioned both qualitative and quantitative market research on the attitudes of the Australian community to climate change and climate change solutions over the past year.
This paper summarises research by the Australian Research Group (ARG) and draws on broader market research on public opinion on climate change.
This report is the ﬁrst of the Climate Institute’s quarterly updates on public attitudes to climate change and climate change solutions.