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Australia is going backwards on climate change action, as Morrison govt, Trump-like, spruiks “success”

Just before Christmas last year, the Australian Government published a report which suggests that — without significant policy change — Australia will miss that commitment by a long way. Emissions in 2020 will be just 5 per cent below 2005 levels, according to the official projections and — without further measures to cut them — emissions will grow by 3.5 per cent on 2020 levels in the 10 years to 2030.

In other words, we’ll go backwards in the coming decade..

There’s a certain Trump-like quality to Australia’s discourse on emissions reductions, ABC 11 Sep 18 By Stephen Long , 

It seems to be high on the list of the Morrison Government’s talking points: the claim that we’re “on track” to meet our commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate accord.

The PM reckons we’ll meet the targets “in a canter”.

“We’re on track to achieve them,” the new Environment Minister, ex-mining industry lawyer and mining executive Melissa Price, also reassured radio listeners, adding that she supports the construction of new coal-fired power stations.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne — back from meeting Pacific Islands leaders whose nations literally face an existential threat from climate change — joined the chorus, as did Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

Australia is on track to “meet and exceed” the Paris commitments, according to Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.

“We are already more than meeting the 26 per cent that was set down in the Paris agreement,” National Party leader Michael McCormack confidently told David Spears on Sky News, though when pressed, he was a bit unsure about what information that claim was based on.

“Well it’s er, based on, er, the figures that er, the data that is, er, produced by those people who measure emissions, as far as I’m aware,” he said.

The thing is, these reassurances are at completely at odds with the Government’s own official advice.

Australia’s commitment to the global community is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Just before Christmas last year, the Australian Government published a report which suggests that — without significant policy change — Australia will miss that commitment by a long way. Emissions in 2020 will be just 5 per cent below 2005 levels, according to the official projections and — without further measures to cut them — emissions will grow by 3.5 per cent on 2020 levels in the 10 years to 2030.

In other words, we’ll go backwards in the coming decade………..

Although the Australian Government has not followed US President Donald Trump’s lead and withdrawn the nation from the Paris accord, there is a certain Trump-like quality to its discourse on emissions reductions.

It’s not so much a case of alternative facts, as a case of ignore the facts, or pretend they don’t exist.

Seasoned journalists have pointed out the contradictions, while interviewers such as the ABC’s Fran Kelly have posed good questions based on the facts, but the Government barrels on with the spin.

The Energy Security Board has warned that business as usual would fail to achieve the Government’s very modest aim of cutting emissions in the electricity sector by 26 per cent, but even if the Government does — which it may well — reductions in the power sector alone won’t deliver the Paris emissions reductions commitment.

It is much harder to achieve reductions in other areas of the economy; emissions from transport and from energy use in mining, resources, manufacturing and commerce have risen to record levels, fugitive emissions from crude oil and gas are soaring, and emissions from agriculture remain stubbornly high…..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-11/trump-like-quality-australias-discourse-emissions-reductions/10220946

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September 12, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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