Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

National Party did a secret climate deal with Morrison, but nuclear power was not included.

Some Nationals had been pushing for nuclear to be included as part of Australia’s clean energy mix. But ahead of the meeting, Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud indicated it would not be part of the plan.

Nationals provide in-principle support for a net zero 2050 target, nuclear not part of plan, ABC News, By political reporter Stephanie Borys  24 Oct 21,  The Nationals have given their in-principle support to back a target of net zero emissions by 2050, just days before Prime Minister Scott Morrison is due to fly to Glasgow for global climate talks.

Key points:

  • Mr Joyce says a majority of Nationals members and senators are on board with the plan
  • He says most concerns with the climate plan have been allayed
  • Cabinet will meet to sign off on the plan, which Mr Morrison will take to Glasgow

The party met on Sunday afternoon to discuss its ongoing concerns about adopting the policy, with some worried it could result in job losses in regional areas…….

The Nationals met for just over two hours and all 21 members and senators spoke on the matter but no formal vote was held…..

………Federal Cabinet will meet within days to formally sign off on the plan, which the Prime Minister will then take to the Glasgow climate summit.

What did the Nationals get inserted into the climate plan?

There are conditions attached to the Nationals backing net zero emissions by 2050, but those details remain a secret.

Just days ago, the junior Coalition partner presented a list of demands to the Prime Minister about the proposed climate change policy.

The Nationals have not publicly outlined the changes they want. Mr Joyce again refused to provide details about what Mr Morrison had offered or agreed to.

……….. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Australians deserved to know the details of the deal.

Some Nationals had been pushing for nuclear to be included as part of Australia’s clean energy mix. But ahead of the meeting, Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud indicated it would not be part of the plan.

“You have got to educate before you legislate and we’ve got to bring the community with us,” he said

“They are not there with us at this stage; unfortunately, they are getting their education from Chernobyl and The Simpsons.

“That takes time to build that education up,” he said.

New South Wales Liberal Treasurer Matt Kean said the proposal did not stack up on practical or economic grounds, and that his government had been told by experts it would take at least 15 years to train the workforce.

“People talking about nuclear to solve our current needs are chasing a unicorn,” he said……  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-24/nationals-provide-in-principle-support-for-net-zero-2050-target/100564192

October 25, 2021 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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