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Jack Arthur

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The Australian PM, Scott Morrison, who is facing pressure to adopt a 2050 net-zero carbon emissions goal said today that he may not go to this year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland due partially to his extensive travels this year.

Australia is noted for being the world’s largest coal exporter by value as well as still being dependent on fossil fuels for the majority of the country’s electricity. The Bangkok Post notes that Australia has not given a firm commitment toward its greenhouse gas reductions. In fact, the PM has asserted that Australia will mine and export fossil fuels for as long as there is a demand from consumers.

When asked about his attendance at the global climate crisis in 2 months, the PM says no final decisions have been made. He says he has already made several trips abroad this year and spent a good deal of time in quarantine.

“I have to focus on things here and with Covid., Australia will be opening up around that time. There will be a lot of issues to manage and I have to manage those competing demands”.

The nearly 2 week summit in Scotland represents the biggest climate conference since the milestone conference talks in Paris, France in 2015. The meeting is viewed as a critical chapter in establishing worldwide emission targets to slow global warming. Even if the PM does not make it to the meeting, Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Australia will still be “strongly represented” at a senior level.

The PM went on to say that he is attempting to get the government and the country to work together on commitments in providing certainty for the next 2 to 3 decades. He has been embroiled in arduous negotiations over establishing a net-zero target within the conservative coalition government, an alliance between his Liberal Party and the Nationals, who derive most of their support base from rural and mining communities.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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