Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s net-zero plan is built more on ideology and politics than on sound policy and science.
Morrison vows to keep coal mines operating for as long as possible.
Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised the coal-rich country will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, while shying away from setting more ambitious goals ahead of a landmark UN climate summit.
One of the world’s largest coal and gas exporters, Australia will not strengthen 2030 emissions reduction targets seen as crucial for meaningful climate change action, as Morrison vowed to work to keep mines operating for as long as possible.
Australia’s reluctance to act has been criticised by the US and Britain, as well as its Pacific island neighbours who are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The country itself has also suffered a series of climate-worsened droughts, bush fires, and floods, which are increasingly changing Australians’ attitudes on the subject.
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