Majority Of Australians In Favour Of Quitting Paris Climate Deal For Cheaper Energy

  • Date: 31/10/17
  • The Australian

Newspoll: Australian voters prefer price cut to Paris accord

One in two Australians believes the Paris accord on climate change should be dumped if that helps deliver cheaper power, according to Newspoll.

ONE in two Australians believes that the Paris accord on climate change should be dumped if breaking the agreement delivered cheaper domestic power prices, exposing a deep electoral division over Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to honouring the target.

The apparent weakening of support for the international agreement as a policy priority over affordable power also comes as Queensland heads to a November 25 election in which energy is likely to become a key cost-of-living issue.

Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk began her election campaign on Sunday by restating her government’s commitment to renewable energy, reports The Australian.

The LNP Opposition criticised Labor’s renewables target as “reckless” and instead backed the federal government’s goal of 23.5 per cent renewables by 2020 while committing to building a coal-fired power plant if elected.

A Newspoll ­survey has revealed that 45 per cent of Australians would now ­support abandoning the non-binding target, which requires Australia to reduce emissions to 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, if it meant lower household electricity prices.

This compares to 40 per cent who would oppose opting out of the agreement, with 15 per cent of people uncommitted.

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