Early Experience and Future Prospects
Edited by John Quiggin, David Adamson and Daniel Quiggin
Chapter 3: How has the carbon tax affected the public 'debate' on climate change?
There is an expectation that as policy instruments such as the carbon price become law, public debate about climate change will shift towards solutions instead of science. Has there been an evolution towards solutions in recent years, particularly with the introduction of the carbon price in Australia in 2012? The evidence indicates no. The public debate continues to fixate on fundamental questions such as whether global warming is even happening. Research into attitudes and psychological bias indicate the underlying causes behind the persistence of science denial are deep-rooted and to some degree immune to further evidence.
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