I’ve tried not to get caught up in taking shots at the way The Australian newspaper interprets Newspoll findings. There are enough other people willing to make comment any time they believe there are flaws or distortions, and there are plenty of other issues for me to focus on.
But today’s effort was just too awful to ignore, given the importance and urgency of climate change, and our dismal long-standing failure to take any meaningful action to address it. The report attempted to use a Newspoll to assert that “fears of the global financial crisis are driving people from the Rudd Government’s carbon reduction plans.”
This from a poll which still shows 72 per cent of people are in favour of an emissions trading scheme, even after the question was framed in a way that highlighted the negative:
Under the carbon pollution reduction scheme, the price of energy sources, such as petrol, electricity and gas may become more expensive. Do you think the federal government should delay or should not delay the introduction of the carbon pollution reduction scheme beyond 2010 because of the recent financial crisis?
These continued attempts to run interference on any proposed actions to tackle the risks of climate change are simply inexcusable, especially when the urgency of having to take strong action now has been severely exacerbated by the failure to take any meaningful action over the past two decades. History will judge this failure harshly, but that will be little comfort to the future generation who will have to bear the brunt of paying the price.