People in South Africa have a clear preference for a more stable, clean and renewable energy system, and a poll released Wednesday shows that is being met with fierce opposition from the fossil fuel industry.
The poll by the nonprofit Climate Justice Alliance found that 56 percent of respondents support a government-backed carbon price, compared to 32 percent who are opposed and 12 percent who were undecided.
That means 61 percent of people support a carbon tax, compared with 31 percent who oppose it and 14 percent who don’t know.
In South Africa, where the majority of people still live on less than $1.25 per day, it’s a clear majority that’s behind the carbon price.
About one in five people said they supported a carbon price while 22 percent opposed it and only 11 percent weren’t sure.
And the poll found that a majority of the public supports a renewable energy transition, with 58 percent supporting it, compared the lowest percentage of support for a transition in the poll, at 28 percent.
And 54 percent said they favor a carbon pricing program.
The survey was conducted on a combination of landlines and cellphones using the internet in the country.
It found that 61 percent supported a government carbon price as of 2018, compared for the first time to the last poll, which found 57 percent support for the carbon pricing plan.
And the same percentage said they support a renewable transition, but not a carbon carbon tax.
The government is still in the process of setting a carbon emissions target for the country, with a target of 33.5 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, but the poll finds that a strong majority in support of that target.
The Climate Justice alliance, which was launched last year, aims to make sure the South African economy stays green, according a statement on the organization’s website.
The coalition works with local, regional and national governments to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development, according the organization.
The alliance was founded by two former senior government officials, and includes representatives from the environmental community, farmers and small business owners.
It was established by the Economic and Social Affairs Minister for South Africa’s Cape Province, Nhlanhla Nene Ntaganda, and Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siyo Ntagandan.