Australia found to be much less divided on need to tackle climate change than US

Research finds 78% of Australians support reducing fossil fuel use and 64% back raising taxes to help do so

Australians are far less split on partisan lines than Americans on whether they accept the need to act on climate change, and are far more likely regardless of party allegiance to be willing to pay a carbon tax to cut fossil fuel use, a study has found.

The research by the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney found a majority of both Australians and Americans said climate change was happening at least in significant part due to human activity, and they would support a plan to cut fossil fuel use by raising taxes, including a carbon tax.

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