Australians want Federal Government to invest in renewable energy power

Posted on 02 December 2014
Solar Power Station at White Cliffs, New South Wales, Australia.
Solar Power Station at White Cliffs, New South Wales, Australia.
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Australians overwhelmingly (89%) think the 41,000 GWh Renewable Energy Target should be increased or stay the same, and not face cuts as currently proposed by the Government and Senator Leyonhjelm, according to a new ReachTEL poll out today,

WWF-Australia National Manager Climate Change, Kellie Caught, said the polling also found that 84% of people surveyed believe it is important the Federal Government invest in renewable energy power. Australians also showed strong support for wind energy, large scale solar and roof top solar.

“Aussies deserve cleaner air and less pollution. They want their children to enjoy Australia’s environment just as they did. That’s why we’re seeing such strong support for sustainable renewable energy,” Ms Caught said.

“Cutting the Renewable Energy Target makes no sense. It will see Australia’s carbon pollution go up, sustainable energy jobs lost and investment shut out.

“It’s also out of line with public sentiment which is clearly in favour of supporting growth in Australia’s renewable energy sector, including wind and solar.

“Renewable energy can help protect nature under threat from global warming - like the Great Barrier Reef, create a healthier environment, and create sustainable jobs. We can have our cake and eat it.

“We call on members of parliament and industry to work together to protect the environment and create jobs.

“This can be done by keeping the current 41,000 GWh RET and increasing it to at least 50% of energy generation by 2030.

“Powering Australia with clean renewable energy, like solar and wind power, is the right thing to do for our health, our economy and our planet,” she said.

In other highlights from the poll:

•    Support for Renewables was very high among respondents considering changing their voting preference from 2013. Of this category 88% think the Renewable Energy Target should be increased or stay the same.  In fact 64% of those considering a change in vote supported an increase to the RET, with only 12% supporting a decrease.  In addition 62% were more likely to vote for a party that supports keeping or increasing the current Renewable Energy Target.

•    Australia’s love of solar energy was also confirmed with support for rooftop solar at 80% and large-scale solar plants 70%. Wind farms are also a hit with mainstream Australia with fewer than 20% polled opposing them.

WWF-Australia contacts:
Mark Symons, m: 0400 985 571, msymons@wwf.org.au
Solar Power Station at White Cliffs, New South Wales, Australia.
Solar Power Station at White Cliffs, New South Wales, Australia.
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