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Byron Shire
May 19, 2022

Australia divided on climate change causes

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A majority of Australians agree climate change is happening, but their reason seems to depend on the political party they support.

A five-year survey of almost 17,500 Australians by the CSIRO found that 78 per cent believed the earth’s climate was changing.

While most attributed it to humans, there was a division along political lines.

Just 28 per cent of Liberal voters accept it was driven by human activity, compared to 59 per cent of those who vote for Labor, 22 per cent of Nationals supporters and 76 per cent Greens backers.

But researcher Zoe Leviston said those opinions were more closely linked to deep-seated individual world views than political allegiances.

‘I think it’s an over simplification to say it’s driven by political leanings,’ she told the ABC on Wednesday.

A variation in answers to similar questions in the survey revealed some confusion about the causes of climate change, suggesting people’s attitudes weren’t set in stone.

The report found those who think climate change is human-induced were more likely to base their opinion on scientific research.

But those who did not believe climate change was happening, or caused by a natural process, were more likely to select common sense, the weather or historical events as their basis.

‘Politicians were also rarely nominated as a basis for opinions, despite the strong associations that opinions had with voting behaviour,’ the report noted.

Big-polluting countries, multinational corporations, wealthy countries and the government were seen as most responsible for responding to the issue.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Climate change has been turned into yet another pillar of the leftist belief system. You don’t have to even express moderate skepticism before being struck down by lightning from the ‘in crowd’, most of whom aren’t scientists anyway. They just recite the mantras and doggerel in order to manipulate society along the paths that appeal to their own idiosyncracies

    It’s the 21st century form of religion, promoted by snake-oil salesmen dedicated to telling everyone else what to do and making us feel bad about our independent life choices and beliefs.

    Climate warming, and cooling, has been with us since the year dot, long before industrial revolutions, motor cars and all the other ‘evils of modernity’. Blaming anthropogenic causes is just another way to flagellate us all.

    Don’t fall for the killjoys’ mantras of eternal damnation. Remember old Malthus who promised that we’d all be dead of starvation by now! He must be turning in his miserable grave.

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