In Brief: Push for renewables

A MAJORITY of Australians think renewable energy should receive more subsidies than fossil fuels like coal, an opinion poll released by Geenpeace has found. The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has also issued a report showing federal and state governments are investing nearly 50 times as much on fossil fuels and uranium mining as they do on technologies such as solar and wind power. Both groups say the vast difference in funding contradicts governments’ ambitions to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Newspoll commissioned by Greenpeace found 60 per cent of respondents thought renewables should get the most funding. Another 30 per cent thought the subsidies should be equal for both sectors. Fifty-six per cent said more money should be ploughed into renewables immediately, and 28 per cent said over the next 12 months. “The legacy of the Howard government is an abuse of taxpayers’ money and out of step with public opinion,” Greenpeace’s Julien Vincent said. The ACF report, ‘Responsible Public Investment in Australia’, says government-controlled funds are putting $47 into fossil fuels and uranium for every dollar they invest in renewables.

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