Posted August 23, 2018 05:02:46A new poll shows that the majority of Australians want to keep coal as their energy source, and have a mixed view on whether or not the country should continue to burn the dirty fossil fuel.
A new online poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid Research and commissioned by Coal Australia shows that 54 per cent of Australians believe that coal should be burned to keep the nation’s energy supply, while 34 per cent want the government to reduce the amount of coal currently being used to meet energy demand.
The survey, conducted in late August, also found that 58 per cent said they were “very concerned” about coal’s impact on Australia’s climate, while just 15 per cent thought it would be “somewhat” or “very” bad.
The poll found that 54 percent of Australians support keeping coal in the country’s energy mix, while 36 per cent would like to see the Government reduce the size of the coal industry to make up for the lack of coal capacity.
The results come after a week of high-profile climate change protests across the country and a backlash from Indigenous groups that have called on the Government to phase out coal mining and halt new coal mines.
“I’m concerned about the impacts of CO2 emissions and the impacts that are already happening in Australia, and there is a lot of uncertainty around how long we can continue to emit CO2 into the atmosphere,” Ipsos Reid research analyst Dr. Michelle Smith said.
“I think it’s fair to say that if there is going to be any real change, the Government needs to do it.”
The poll also found an increasing number of Australians would consider removing coal from the electricity grid if they could, with 37 per cent willing to do so.
The poll also asked respondents to tell pollsters how they would vote if they had the option of switching power grids to renewables or solar power.
In the poll, more than half of respondents said they would consider switching power grid to renewables, while only 13 per cent are against the idea.