Poll: Most Britons see ‘climate change’ as excuse for stealth taxes
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Poll: most Britons see ‘climate change’
as excuse for stealth taxes
23 Jun 08 - The majority of the British public is still not convinced that climate change is caused by humans - and many others believe scientists are exaggerating the problem, according to an exclusive poll for The Observer.
The results have shocked global warming campaigners.
Many people said they did not want to restrict their lifestyles and only a small minority believe they need to make 'significant and radical' changes such as driving and flying less.
There is growing concern that an economic depression and rising fuel and food prices are denting public interest in environmental issues. Some environmentalists blame the public's doubts on last year's Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle (a great video.), and on recent books, including one by Lord Lawson, the former Chancellor, that question the consensus on climate change.
More than half of those polled did
not have confidence in international or British political leaders to
tackle climate change, but only just over a quarter think it's too late
to stop it. Two thirds want the government to do more but nearly as many
said they were cynical
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