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Political divisions over climate change and environmental issues in Australia

Tranter, BK 2011 , 'Political divisions over climate change and environmental issues in Australia' , Environmental Politics, vol. 20, no. 1 , pp. 78-96 , doi:

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Willingness to pay to address environmental problems is influenced by partisanship in Australia. Ceteris paribus, the support base of environmental concerns is generally much stronger among Labor and Green supporters, postmaterialists, those who engage in eastern spiritual practices and professionals. Women are more likely than men to favour environmental protection over economic growth, to pay extra tax to protect the environment and to believe global warming will pose a serious threat during their lifetime. Support for renewable energy is stronger among younger Australians, suggesting demand may increase with generational replacement. Political leaders influence public concerns over global warming and other environmental issues across the partisan divide, yet while political elites remain divided over the implications of climatic change, the shift in public opinion and behaviour necessary to avert such problems is unlikely to occur.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tranter, BK
Keywords: Green; environmental movement; political leaders; climate change; global warming
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Politics
ISSN: 0964-4016
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