Australia Resists Climate Change Targets

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to bow to pressure from the United States (US) to use a global climate change convened by President Joe Biden.

Morrison as he addresses a global climate summit said that Australia was on a “path to net-zero emissions.”

“Our goal is to get there as soon as we possibly can, through technology that enables and transforms our industries, not taxes that eliminate them and the jobs and livelihoods they support and create,” he told the summit.

“Future generations… will thank us not for what we have promised, but what we deliver,” he added.

Biden, who chaired the virtual summit, guaranteed to cut carbon emissions by 50 percent to 52 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

The new target essentially doubles the previous US promise.

Australia is one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters on a per capita basis.

Morrison, who has faced sustained criticism over climate policy, said that the action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would focus on technology.

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