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Australia left behind in Climate Change action

Abbott doesn’t even accept that climate change is a problem, though there is no evidence he has attempted to understand the work of leading climate scientists.

Sorry state of play when China leaves us for dead on climate, Sydney Morning Herald, Adam Morton, August 18, 2010 tGillard believes and Abbott doesn’t – but neither will do anything anyway………A series of announcements over the past month underlines what Ross Garnaut has been saying for a while – that China is miles ahead of Australia on the path to a greener economy, and the gap is widening………..

Perhaps most significantly in the Australian context, the state-sanctioned newspaper China Daily reported that the country would set up a carbon trading scheme within the next five years.

This goes beyond what is being asked of China at UN climate talks, where it is acknowledged that developed nations are responsible for the majority of historical emissions and should largely carry the can in tackling the problem…………….

Contrast this with the reverse momentum in Canberra, where emissions trading has been abandoned by one party and delayed by the other. Neither can guarantee they will meet even the minimum national target of a 5 per cent cut below 2000 levels by 2020. The plummet to the bottom on climate during this election campaign has only further highlighted how far Australia has fallen behind.

While Prime Minister Julia Gillard talks about record levels of investment in renewable energy, she has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from solar programs – Labor had more money committed to ”harness the wind and the sun” before she became leader. The Coalition has promised similar cuts……

Abbott doesn’t even accept that climate change is a problem, though there is no evidence he has attempted to understand the work of leading climate scientists. Sorry state of play when China leaves us for dead on climate

August 17, 2010 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, solar | , , , ,

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