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Poll finds most want coal mining phased out

Four out of five Australians believe laws should compel mining companies to foot the bill for environmental damage.
Four out of five Australians believe laws should compel mining companies to foot the bill for environmental damage. Stuart Cumming

A POLL of 1507 Australians has found more than two-thirds of them believe coal mining should be phased out because it causes global warming and damages the Great Barrier Reef.

The poll was based on interviews conducted in October and November. It also found that four out of five Australians thought mining operations damaged the natural environment and that laws should compel mining companies, not taxpayers, to pay to clean up that damage.

"Despite their noise, the coal industry employs less than half of 1% of the Australian workforce," said Charlie Woods of climate change action group 350.org Australia.

"As we head into an election year, the question of why our government continues to prop up an industry that causes far more damage than it does good should be at the forefront of every voter's mind.

The deputy leader of the Greens, Senator Larissa Waters, said new coalmines were set to become stranded assets.

The polling was conducted by Essential Research and commissioned by 350.org Australia.

Topics:  coal environment great barrier reef mining


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