Another way of measuring opinion on emissions trading

Researchers from the Crawford School of Economics at the ANU asked Sydney-siders how much additional they would be prepared to pay to meet the cost of an emissions trading scheme.

“The survey respondents were willing to pay an extra $135 per household each month towards the CPRS,” said Professor Bennett.

“But when aggregated across the nation, this represents $8.46 billion per annum - significantly less than the Treasury estimated cost of $14.7 billion per annum.

In other words they will willingly pay only about half what is needed.

Our surveying found that whether or not Australians approved of the emissions trading scheme was line-ball with 40% in favour and 39% against.

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