Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Summit organisers, the United Nations and UK PM Boris Johnson, rejected Australia’s attendance, claiming Australia’s climate action plan was “unacceptably weak”.
Australia will suffer for global climate summit snub to Morrison
By Laurence Tubiana
December 11, 2020 — 7.14am
This weekend more than 70 world leaders – from Canada to Japan to Rwanda – will gather virtually to discuss how they are laying the concrete foundations for the clean economic transition that all their policies are converging upon. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not be one of them.
Leaders were asked to submit ambitious new proposals to the UN, French and British governments running the Climate Action Summit. Australia’s offer – to stop using old carbon credits to make it easier to meet emission cut goals and to consider a carbon neutrality plan – was deemed by the organisers to be unacceptably weak, especially compared with the concrete commitments and plans from other leading economies.
Australia will be a notable absentee at a meeting where Britain, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, China and connections to the incoming US administration will affirm the direction of the battle against climate change. Australia is not at the table of leaders who have set a clear direction for a cleaner world where fossil fuels do not dominate, where coal is in a death spiral and oil and gas greatly diminished. This will ultimately hurt Australia’s people and economy.
Few countries are as blessed as Australia when it comes to clean energy potential. From the sun, surf and wind to the raw materials that are critical to the fifth industrial revolution, few countries can count themselves as lucky to have so many winning cards.
The summit Australia has not been invited to is the “Global Ambition Summit”.
UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit
24 September 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted plans to hold the annual international UN climate meeting – known as the COP – this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced that they will instead co-host a “landmark global event” on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
The event is being dubbed “the sprint to Glasgow” by the UN. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the UK was slated to host this year’s COP in the Scottish City. The Summit is now scheduled to take place a year later, in November 2021.
The December event will be held amid signs that the world is off-track to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, and that a carbon-free economy is long overdue.
“The climate emergency is fully upon us, and we have no time to waste, Mr. Guterres said in a statement. “The answer to our existential crisis is swift, decisive, scaled up action and solidarity among nations”.
The aim of the event is to rally momentum and call for much greater climate action and ambition. National governments will be invited to present more ambitious and high-quality climate plans, as well as COVID recovery plans, new finance commitments and measures to limit global warming to 1.5C.
It will bring together leaders from across all levels of government, as well as the private sector and civil society, to present new measures, boosting ambition and action.
Read more: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/09/1073392
If climate action made economic sense, there would be no need for government targets and international bullying. There is no regulatory impediment to investors flocking to Australia’s “blessed” renewable energy opportunities of their own free will.
But for some reason, investors won’t touch all these amazing renewable energy opportunities unless the government guarantees their profits through mandatory climate targets, soft loans and guaranteed market share.
Bullying Australia for not embracing alleged green energy opportunities is great cover for nations which have yet to demonstrate any meaningful climate progress of their own.
I expect to see a lot more climate bullying and non-achievement, if Biden is confirmed as the next US President. The main reason US emissions have fallen over the last decade is gas fracking displaced a lot of coal.
The alleged climate achievements of European nations behind the big push for renewables are mostly fancy accounting and exporting carbon intensive jobs like manufacturing solar panels to China.
via Watts Up With That?
December 10, 2020 at 08:32PM