Majority of Indians polled don’t favour higher energy costs

November 14th, 2007 - 8:29 am ICT by admin  
However, the poll found that people are ready to make personal sacrifices to address climate change issues positively.

According to the poll, four out of five people say they are prepared to change their lifestyle, even in the US and China, the world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.

Three quarters said they would back energy taxes if the cash were to be used to find new sources of energy, or boost efficiency.

Chinese respondents were more positive than any others about energy taxes. Americans, it was found, talked about how to address climate change

The poll suggests that people are more willing than their politicians to contemplate serious changes to their lifestyles to combat global warming.

According to the survey, 83 percent of the respondents throughout the world agree that individuals will definitely or probably have to make lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of climate-changing gases they produce.

The poll also suggests that a large majority of people in each individual country surveyed believe that sacrifices will be necessary.

In almost all countries in Europe, and in the US, most people believe the cost of fuels that contribute most to climate change will have to increase.

The only exceptions were Italy and Russia, where significant numbers of people believe that increases in the price of energy will not be necessary.

In China and Indonesia, large majorities believe that higher energy costs are necessary. And in Nigeria, 52 percent of the respondents did not believe that higher fuel costs would be necessary to combat global warming.

“This poll clearly shows that people are much more ready to endure their share of the burden than most politicians grant,” said Doug Miller, director of Globescan, the polling company that conducted the survey on behalf of the BBC.

Globescan interviewed 22,182 people in the UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

Interviews were conducted face-to-face or by telephone between May 29 and July 26, 2007. (ANI)

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