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Never ‘burn economy’ for sake of image, Liberal MP says

Posted December 14, 2015 01:46:18

A Liberal MP says the Federal Government should not revise its greenhouse reduction targets following the signing of the historic climate modify deal in Paris.

The international climate adjust conference adopted an international accord on Sunday, aimed at transforming the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and slowing the pace of worldwide warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

The Federal Government mentioned the agreement would permit for additional action to be taken in the future to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Historic climate deal

  • Deal to limit international warming to “nicely under” 2C, aiming for 1.5C
  • Greenhouse gas emissions want to peak “as soon as achievable”, followed by fast reduction
  • Deal will remove use of coal, oil and gas for energy
  • Fossil fuels to be replaced by solar, wind energy
  • Developed nations to give $ US100b a year from 2020 to aid building nations
  • Study about much more highlights of the deal

But Liberal MP Dennis Jensen claims the agreement is “primarily meaningless” and that the Government ought to not change its present emissions target.

“The complete globe wants to have related commitments and be similarly attaining those targets,” he stated.

“[There is] no reason why we must be metaphorically burning our economy just to appear excellent on the global stage.”

Liberal MP Craig Kelly has meanwhile employed Facebook to poke exciting at the proposal.

Australia’s target of a 26 to 28 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030 remains unchanged, but the Paris agreement will put pressure on the Government to do far more.

The deal puts in place mechanisms to overview reduction targets every five years beginning from 2020, which will incorporate Australia.

Every stocktake will have to outcome in a far more ambitious target, which is expected to cause concern within the Coalition.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop conceded that would be a challenge for the Government, but that the deal would offer further “flexibility” to do a lot more on climate modify.

“Of course if we’re being ambitious over time we will need to have to perform even tougher,” Ms Bishop told reporters in Paris after the signing of the deal.

“But we don’t want to harm our economy without getting an environmental impact.”

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