Public back ETS (which they don't understand…)
The latest opinion poll shows the Federal Government has strong public support for another attempt at getting its emissions trading scheme through Parliament.
The Nielsen poll published in Fairfax newspapers shows 55 per cent of people want the Government to reintroduce its rejected emissions trading scheme to Parliament in three months' time.
Only 29 per cent want the Government to wait to see what other countries will do.
Yet I wonder what proportion of the public really understand what the ETS is about? Are they really aware of the spiralling electricity prices that will result, or even this:
Grocery prices are expected to rise by 7 per cent under the federal government's emissions trading scheme (ETS).
Large retailers have warned the government that the proposed scheme would add between 4 and 7 per cent to shopping bills, the Australian newspaper reports.
The warnings have prompted calls for the government to come up with a compensation package to help low and middle-income families.
The government says it plans to compensate households for increased energy prices when the ETS is expected to be introduced in 2011.
But it is yet to announce how it will cover the rise in grocery prices.
I wonder if the results would have been different if they knew about that?
Read it here and here.