By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia would set itself a more ambitious target of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in an election earlier this year. next year, the opposition leader said on Friday.
Center-left Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese has defined climate policy as a battle line in elections slated to be held between March and May.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was widely criticized at a United Nations climate summit in Scotland last month for his Tory government’s goal of cutting Australia’s emissions from just 26% to 28% compared to to 2005 levels by 2030.
It was the same target Australia adopted at the Paris summit in 2015, while other wealthy countries pledged much larger cuts in a bid to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. .
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Albanese said a change of government would mean Australia would be able to witness the next international climate and “not be in the nasty corner.”
Australia’s economy was similar to Canada’s, and Labor’s target was similar to Canada’s target of cutting emissions by 40% to 45% by the end of the decade.
“We think we have just the right balance because one of the things I wanted to make sure of is that we have a policy that doesn’t leave people out, that supports industry, that supports jobs. “Albanese said.
But Morrison said Labor’s target would raise electricity prices and cost jobs.
“We are on track to achieve net zero by 2050,” Morrison said. “We are not about to kick people out of their jobs and force the price of electricity. “
Morrison’s coalition was narrowly re-elected in 2019 when Labor pledged to cut emissions by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
The government also recently adopted the goal of net zero.
Morrison was Cabinet Minister in 2014 when a newly elected government repealed Australia’s 2-year-old carbon tax. The government’s climate policies have since rejected any measure that would make polluters pay for their emissions.
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