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SURVEY: MOST HUNGARIANS SAY BIGGEST POLLUTERS SHOULD BEAR COSTS OF CLIMATE ACTION

 

An overwhelming majority of Hungarians say the costs of the fight against climate change should be borne by the world’s biggest polluters, according to a survey by the Századvég Foundation released on Monday. Fully 91% of respondents said the world’s biggest polluting companies and countries should be made to cover the costs of climate action, with 77% saying the European Union should adopt a redistribution system to achieve this. Altogether 60% of respondents blamed corporations and their violation of environmental regulations for the pollution responsible for climate change. Concerning the government’s environmental policy measures, fully 93% were in favour of supporting solar energy and the government’s afforestation scheme. Altogether 89% of respondents backed the decision to ban single-use plastics and 85% agreed with government support for electric vehicles. Meanwhile, fully 81% of respondents disapproved of European Union proposals for a CO2 tax on residential buildings or tax hikes on fossil fuels, while 84% rejected a plan to raise utility prices. Altogether 83% of respondents expect the government to introduce stricter regulations for the biggest polluters. Fully 98% said the government should take firm steps to eliminate illegal waste sites and 84% urged more substantial measures aimed at protecting Hungary’s rivers. Századvég conducted the survey with a sample of 1,000 adults.