Not a bad result. The poll was conducted from 22/10/2012 to 31/10/2012 at peoplesretreview.org.au. 5363 people responded to the survey.
Also in the news, this story titled “Call to cut renewables target rejected” was a sight for sore eyes. It said;
“Australia’s Climate Change Authority has rejected calls by some of the country’s biggest energy companies to scale back the national 20 per cent renewable energy target, saying it should be left largely untouched.
In its first major release since being set up in July, the authority says significantly altering the target — mandating 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity generation should come from renewable energy sources — would hurt investor confidence
Significant industry players, including Origin Energy, Energy Australia and the Business Council of Australia, proposed the target be reduced as they said it was set to be overshot, resulting in higher industry costs than necessary.”
A win for climate change mitigation, and some common sense for once! I am impressed.
Kathy P. says
Oh Gavin, this will do your heart good: The cover of Bloomberg’s Business Week magazine declares in huge letters that IT’S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID over a picture of a flooded New York City street. The latest death toll from “Frankenstorm” Sandy now stands at 102; sad that it takes death and destruction at this scale to make people pay attention. Michael Bloomberg is the mayor of New York, so when he thinks his city is underwater due to climate change, people pay attention. In addition, the Governor of NY (who most people feel has Presidential ambitions in 2016)is also talking about climate change, that we’re having 100 year floods every couple of years. I sense a tipping point is approaching in people’s attitudes. Anyway, you can see more about it here: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/2/its_global_warming_stupid_as_bloomberg
Gavin Webber says
That is great new Kathy! Hope that some positive comes from the devastation. My thoughts go out to all the affected people from Sandy and hope the recovery is swift and relatively pain free.
Paul - The Kind Little Blogger says
I get a bit uncomfortable when people start waving around individual weather events as proof of global warming. Because then the denialist start doing the same.
“Hurricane Sandy. Look. Proof of global warming!”
“Rain in summer! See, global warming is bulldust!”
Gavin Webber says
Sorry Paul, but I am totally okay with it. The US media have been quiet for far too long on the issue, and now it is time for them to speak out.
There was little acknowledgement this year for the record receding arctic sea ice, tundra thaw, and the cause of the US drought in the media, so it is about time that they and indeed US politicians in general started to talk factually about it over there instead of bowing to vested interests all the time.
Kathy P. says
Bloomberg did make allowances for that: “Our climate is changing,” he wrote. “And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”