Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison waves a coal lump in Parliament
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Summit organizers, the United Nations and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opposed Australia's participation, claiming that Australia's climate change plan was "unacceptably weak".
Australia will suffer from the fall of the Morrison global climate summit
By Laurence Tubiana
December 11, 2020 – 7.14 a.m.
This weekend, more than 70 world leaders – from Canada to Japan to Rwanda – will meet virtually to discuss how they are laying the concrete foundations for the clean economic transition on which all of their policies are focused. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not be one of them.
Heads of State or Government have been asked to bring ambitious new proposals to the UN, the French and British governments, which chair the climate change summit. Australia's offer to stop using old carbon credits to help meet its emissions reduction targets and consider a carbon neutrality plan was deemed unacceptably weak by the organizers, especially when compared to the specific commitments and plans of other leading economies .
Australia will be a notable absentee at a meeting where the UK, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, China and ties to the new US administration will confirm the direction of the fight against climate change. Australia is not at the forefront of leaders who have set a clear direction for a cleaner world, where fossil fuels don't dominate, where coal is in a death spiral, and oil and gas are in decline. This will ultimately harm the Australian population and economy.
Few countries are as blessed as Australia when it comes to clean energy potential. From sun, surf and wind to the raw materials vital to the fifth industrial revolution, few countries can consider themselves lucky to have so many winning cards.
Read more: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-will-suffer-for-global-climate-summit-snub-to-morrison-20201210-p56m79.html
The summit that Australia was not invited to is the Global Ambition Summit.
UN chief and British Prime Minister announce climate summit in December
September 24, 2020
After the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted plans to hold the UN's annual international climate change meeting known as the COP earlier this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the UK Prime Minister have announced that they will be holding an event together instead, " Landmark Global Event “on December 12th, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
The event is known by the United Nations as the "Sprint to Glasgow". Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK should 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 takes place amid signs that the world is not on track to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels and that a carbon-free economy is long overdue.
"The climate emergency is completely with us and we have no time to lose," said Guterres in a statement. "The answer to our existential crisis is swift, decisive, increased action and solidarity between nations."
The aim of the event is to increase the dynamism and to demand much more climate protection and ambitions. National governments are urged to come up with more ambitious and higher quality climate plans, as well as COVID recovery plans, new funding pledges and measures to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C.
It will bring together leaders from all levels of government, as well as from the private sector and civil society, to present new policies that fuel ambition and action.
Read more: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/09/1073392
If climate action made economic sense, government targets and international bullying would not be necessary. There is no regulatory barrier to investors who willingly flock to Australia's “blessed” renewable energy opportunities.
For some reason, investors will only seize all of these amazing renewable energy opportunities if the government guarantees their profits through binding climate targets, low-interest loans, and guaranteed market share.
Bullying in Australia for failing to take advantage of alleged green energy opportunities is great cover for nations that have not yet made significant progress in their own climate.
The alleged climate successes of the European nations behind the big push for renewable energies are mainly fancy bookkeeping and the export of carbon-intensive jobs like solar panel manufacturing to China.
I expect a lot more climate bullying and default when Biden is confirmed as the next US president. The main reason US emissions have decreased over the past decade is because gas fracking has displaced a lot of coal. But Biden is anti-Fraud.