Oct 28, 2013 - 7:55am
Despite speculation to the contrary, both major parties maintain their bipartisan support for 2020 emissions reduction targets of 5 to 25 per cent below 2000 levels. These commitments have been made in Australia but also to international audiences with final determination in international UN negotiations by end of 2015. They have been repeated since the election. This is why the relevant test of the credibility of policies is the ability to achieve 25 per cent reductions.
This credibility test is even more important when considered as a credible contribution towards a global effort to avoid an increase in average global temperatures of 2°C. Australia, China, the US are amongst 190 other nations who have agreed that avoiding 2°C global warming is in their national and collective interests.
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