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Australian Election 2019   Australia and Oceania

Started 4/7/19 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 2963 views.
ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

8/17/19

Uh-huh.


Australian PM firm on climate change, in shades of Donald Trump

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Scott Morrison has mirrored Donald Trump’s tough stand with G20 leaders in his negotiations with the Pacific Island Forum over climate change and coal — and emerged stronger as a result.

Australia refused to accept a communique that might satisfy the emotional needs of some regional leaders but would jeopardise Australia’s economic and regional security interests.

The red lines set by Australia were met and the final communique did not overstep progress made by the UN conference regarding the IPCC’s report on 1.5C warming.

The communique pulled back from mentioning coal or what actions member countries should take. Instead, leaders reaffirmed climate change as the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific and their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Leaders acknowledged the challenge for the forum would be maintaining regional solidarity in the face of more intense political engagement, which may serve to divide the forum collective.

Along with other nations, Australia is being called upon to lift its ambition on climate change action before an already agreed timetable set for next year.

Mr Morrison’s challenge is not to allow Australia’s position to be misrepresented by vested interests. Australia has a story to tell on climate change action that is at stark odds with how it is often portrayed. Last year, Australia was among the world’s top investors in renewable energy in absolute terms and the biggest on a per capita basis.

Billions of dollars have been set aside for land-based programs, which are a big new focus for the IPCC.

A telling point before the backdown of demands at the Pacific Island Forum was that leaders asked for Australia to provide details on what it actually was doing.

The understanding of some leaders had to that point been informed by media reports.

The lack of support shown by New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern for Australia will no doubt be remembered, but is of little real consequence.
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Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

8/18/19

Scott Morrison is a heartless coward.

The Pacific island leaders were in tears, desperately trying to save their homes and their people.

Morrison couldn't give a shit who dies, as long as we can make money selling coal.

These two bastards can't see beyond their own greed.

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

8/18/19

Our response to the Pacific Island plight:

"[I] get a little bit annoyed when we have people in those sorts of countries pointing the finger at Australia and say we should be shutting down all our resources sector so that they will continue to survive," he said.

"They will continue to survive, there's no question they will continue to survive, they will continue to survive with large aid assistance from Australia.

"They will continue to survive because many of their workers come here and pick our fruit."


BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

8/20/19

Last year, Australia was among the world’s top investors in renewable energy in absolute terms and the biggest on a per capita basis.

Not make a blind bit of difference if the extra electricity does not displace fossil fuel generation.

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