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Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has angered the Greens by refusing to set a net-zero target. ScoMo is not concerned that trading partners' net zero targets will affect Australian fossil fuel exports.
Australia is defying international pressure to set emissions targets
By Eryk Bagshaw, Nick O’Malley and Mike Foley
Updated October 28, 2020 – 5:52 p.m.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it will not be dictated by other governments' climate change goals and says he is not concerned about the future of Australia's exports despite four of the country's key trading partners passing net zero emissions targets.
China, Japan, Great Britain and South Korea, which account for more than $ 310 billion annually in Australian trade between them, have all now adopted the emissions target by 2050 or 2060, putting pressure on the Australian fossil fuel industry. Coal and natural gas alone account for more than 25 percent of Australia's exports, or $ 110 billion a year.
"I'm not worried about our future exports," said Morrison on Wednesday. “Australia will set our guidelines here. Our policies are not set in the UK, they are not set in Brussels, they are not set in any part of the world other than here. "
Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-defies-international-pressure-to-set-emissions-targets-20201028-p569ed.html
While this development is encouraging, Scott Morrison remains publicly committed to the Paris Agreement and continues to support expensive green spaces like Snowy Mountains 2, a large dam, and pumped water system that climate activists hope will alleviate the pain of adding more unreliable renewable energy capacity to the Australian power grid.