Australian Prime Minister resists new climate goals as US, UK and EU promise ambitious emission cuts


Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is betting on hydrogen technology as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, rather than setting new climate targets like other industrialized nations.

The Climate Leaders Summit was held online on Thursday, chaired by US President Joe Biden.

At the summit, Prime Minister Morrison said Australia is on the “road to net zero.”

“Our goal is to get there as soon as possible through technology that enables and transforms our industry, especially in our region.

“President, the United States has Silicon Valley. Here in Australia, we are creating our own” hydrogen valley, “he added. “A place to transform the transportation industry, the mining and resource sector, manufacturing, fuel and energy production.”

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Energy Minister Angus Taylor and Prime Minister Scott Morrison look forward to the opening remarks of the Climate Leaders Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden in Sydney on Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AAP Image / Mick Tsikas)

Morrison also emphasized Australia’s track record in reducing emissions, stating that Australia will fulfill the promises of the Kyoto Protocol in 2020 and the Paris Agreement in 2030.

“Already, we’ve cut 19% at the 2005 level and 36% when we exclude exports, compared to most other similar economies,” he said.

“It’s right to speak to our ambitions at this summit. It’s also right to focus on performance.”

The United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union have previously promised to reach net zero by 2050. Target Prime Minister Morrison said Australia is aiming but not promising.

At the summit, US President Joe Biden promised to reduce US emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030.

Throughout European ponds, the UK has promised to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035. This is what British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the “most ambitious goal” in the world.

The goal will be to undertake a radical restructuring of the way Britain powers the country’s homes, cars, factories and food production.

This goal has defeated the EU, which promised to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030. Other countries that have announced new goals include Japan (46% by 2030), Canada (45% by 2030) and Brazil (net zero by 2050). -Track your previous goals for 10 years.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel participates in the Virtual International Climate Summit with US President Joe Biden on April 22, 2021 in Berlin, Germany (Kainitofeld-Pool / Getty Images).

Australia’s current 2030 emission reduction target remains at 26-28%, and climate change groups are pushing for more radical action.

“Regardless of the federal net zero date, what we need to see is a clear plan to get there, including significant and rapid emission reductions over the last decade. “Fiona Davis, Deputy Chief of Climate Change Farmers, said.

Meanwhile, the Australian Climate Council I was asked Target of 75% by 2030 and net zero by 2035.

Salvatore Baborns, an expert in Asian political economy at the University of Sydney, said the Byden administration hopes Australia will increase its commitment.

“Australia may face pressure from Joe Biden to make at least some nominal carbon promise, just to show that he has succeeded in getting his allies into his program.” He told The Epoch Times.

Babones that attracted attention in January (pdf) The new administration has “imposed” a major climate agenda, especially with the Democratic Party dominating both houses, emission rates have steadily declined since the early 2000s, and the average US household has more affordable energy with shale gas. Gas boom enjoying the price.

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On April 13, 2012, workers replace pipes on a Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig exploring the Marcellus shale on the outskirts of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. (MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP via Getty Images)

In contrast, Australians paid some of the highest energy prices in the world, and mining-dependent regions strongly pushed the climate agenda back.

“Only in 2019, Australia had what was proposed by activists as a’climate election’in which mainstream Australians rejected economically destructive climate policies,” said Daniel Wilde, director of the Public Relations Institute. Told the Epoch Times.

The Australian Labor Party, traditionally a working-class party, has lost a significant portion of its non-urban voters, depending on its energy policy.

It urged former Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon to refocus the party and “reconnect” with the base it had last week.

Babones also said Australia remains relatively isolated from the promotion of renewable energy, and developing countries continue to have high demand for coal.

“Currently, the biggest threat to coal exports comes from the turmoil of opposition to the mining industry within Australia itself,” he said.

“No matter what people say at the Climate Summit, the serious reductions in global coal use are still at least a decade away,” he added. “Most coal is burned in poor middle-income countries like China, which do not participate in climate goals.”

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