11 Jul 2008

Support for emissions scheme, despite cost

10:04 am on 11 July 2008

A survey on the Government's proposed emissions trading scheme suggests people are worried about the costs involved but support its aim.

The Digipoll survey of 500 people, commissioned by public relations firm Exceltium, found 34.2% for the scheme in its current form.

It said 42.8% of those questioned were happy to pay $10 a week more for household essentials such as electricity or petrol, in order to tackle climate change.

A majority, 57%, said they did not want to see the scheme abandoned.

Greenpeace executive director, Bunny McDiarmid, says the public realises the importance of debate about whether the cost of emissions will be borne by government, big business or the household tax payer.

Climate Change Minister David Parker says the survey shows people still want the scheme to go ahead.