Essential Report

Reason for opposing expansion of the Coal Industry

Sep 15, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: This question was only asked of those who said that they thought the coal industry should not expand.

Q. And which of the following best describes the main reason you think Australia should not continue to expand its coal industry?


Economic reasons (i.e. the coal industry is not a good investment) 4%
Environmental reasons (i.e. to prevent climate change) 45%
A mix of economic and environmental reasons 49%
Other 2%

For those that thought the coal industry should not expand, the largest proportion described their main reason as ‘a mix of economic and environmental reasons’ (49%), followed by a large proportion (45%) who said ‘environmental reasons’.

Just 4% selected economic reasons.


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