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(04/03/09) -

Climate Change Fight Helps, Say Australians

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Australia believe taking action to combat climate change can help protect existing jobs and create new ones, according to a poll by Essential Research. 45 per cent of respondents think tackling environmental concerns could save jobs in tourism and agriculture and generate new ones in the renewable energy sector.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Australia believe taking action to combat climate change can help protect existing jobs and create new ones, according to a poll by Essential Research. 45 per cent of respondents think tackling environmental concerns could save jobs in tourism and agriculture and generate new ones in the renewable energy sector.

Conversely, 24 per cent of respondents fear that climate change action could erase jobs in coal and other energy-intensive industries.

Australia held a federal election in November 2007. Final results gave the Australian Labor Party (ALP) 85 seats in the 150-member House of Representatives. ALP leader Kevin Rudd was officially sworn in as prime minister in December, bringing an end to the 11-year tenure of Liberal leader John Howard as head of Australia’s government.

Rudd signed the Kyoto Protocol immediately after being sworn in, delivering on one of his electoral promises. In March 2008, the Kyoto Protocol came into effect. In July, the Rudd government introduced its Green Paper, a proposal to curb polluting emissions.

In September 2008, after reviewing the Green Paper, the government said it will implement a "Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme." The plan will include a carbon emissions trading system that will help reduce pollution "in a responsible and flexible manner and at the lowest possible cost" by giving businesses a permit to release up to a certain amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The mechanism will apply to stationary energy, transport, fugitive emissions, industrial processes, and the waste and forestry sectors.

On Mar. 31, Australian climate change minister Penny Wong pushed for swift action to tackle global warming around the world, saying, "Our government’s view is that we cannot allow the global financial crisis to weaken our determination to address the very real and long-term threat that climate change poses. Failing to act on climate change will recklessly endanger our future growth and prosperity, irrespective of whether our countries are developed or developing."

Polling Data

Thinking about climate change, which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion?

Tackling climate change will overall add to jobs by saving jobs in tourism and agriculture and creating jobs in the renewable energy sector

45%

Tackling climate change will cost jobs overall because we will lose jobs in the coal industry and in energy intensive industries like aluminium smelting and steel production

24%

Don’t know

31%

Source: Essential Research
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,285 Australian adults, conducted from Mar. 17 to Mar. 22, 2009. No margin of error was provided.