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Monday, August 17, 2009

Public back ETS (which they don't understand…)

Worryingly, the public appears to have been successfully brainwashed by the Rudd government into believing that the ETS will effect a painless transition to a utopian green economy which will at a stroke save the Barrier Reef from certain destruction, and save the planet from "dangerous climate change". The reality, of course, is that they haven't the slightest clue about the ETS, or its effects on their way of life or standard of living:
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.


  • Part of the answer is there on Nielsen's website:

    "It is also worth recalling that a July 2008 Nielsen Poll also found:
    - Six in ten voters (60%) [said] they understand the concept of an emissions trading scheme ‘slightly’ (39%) or ‘not at all’ (21%).
    - Around one in three (31%) said they understood the concept ‘fairly well’,
    - but only 8% thought they understood it ‘very well’.

    Assuming that a significant number of the 31% who professed to understanding it 'fairly well' are exaggerating their knowledge, it leaves us with roughly 75-80% of the population generally clueless on the issue. Which is why they support it.

    Now - if they asked a sensible question like:
    "Given that an ETS will raise the price of everything by a minimum 5-10%, ration your use of energy, drive jobs overseas, destroy our electricity generating capacity, and generally impoverish the country for no other material benefit than improving Kevin Rudd's chances for the job of Secretary General of the U.N. -- do you think the ETS legislation should be re-introduced in three months?"

    We the ignorant, led by the incompetent ...

    By Anonymous Eloi, At August 17, 2009 at 10:17 PM  

  • Thanks for the research, Eloi! It doesn't surprise me at all.

    By Blogger Simon from Sydney, At August 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

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