Britain’s top climate adviser launches devastating attack on Australia on the eve of Cop26 | policeman 26

The British government’s climate adviser has launched a crippling attack on Australia’s net zero commitment on the eve of critical talks in Glasgow.

Lord Deben, chairman of the Climate Change Committee, told the BBC on Saturday that there was “no indication” that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a plan to live up to the net zero commitment that was being “pushed out of him”. “.

“It’s very sad that a great country like Australia should change our climate,” he said.

“Because that’s what’s happening. If you allow people to keep doing this, it’s our climate as well as theirs that has changed.”

Morrison is in Rome for the G20 summit and on his way to Glasgow for the Cop26, after first showing reluctance to take the trip.

He says the federal government has a plan to reach the net zero target, but has announced no new policies, no real details and is dependent on future technological “breakthroughs” to reach the target.

Experts say that the claim for carbon offsets can reduce emissions by up to 20% depends on a “gross manipulation” of data.

Morrison’s “projection” of a 30-35% emission reduction by 2030 is not a new goal – Morrison sticks to the current target of reducing emissions by up to 28% compared to 2005 levels.

Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Climate Change Committee
Lord Deben says he would “love to see Australia join the herd again”, and most leaders have begun to recognize the seriousness of the threat posed by climate change. Photo: Troika / Alamy

Lord Deben, who was minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government and environment minister under her successor John Major, said most world leaders had begun to recognize the seriousness of the threat posed by climate change.

“(But) not all leaders are like that. I’m afraid that if you look at Scott Morrison from Australia, we’ve pushed him to a zero commitment in 2050, but there’s no indication at the moment that he has a proper program for it, ”he said.

“But in general, the world has changed.”

Lord Deben said he would “love to see Australia join the herd again” and that climate change was an existential threat.

“If we do not, we are really risking the destruction of everything we have ever known,” he said.

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This is not the first time Lord Deben has singled out Australia for criticism. In September, he said Australia was “stubborn”. He also warned that Australia would be “left behind” and really should understand what needs to be done.

Back in 2015, he said then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s 2030 target – which remains under Morrison – was “pathetic”.

“Global warming will not wait for Mr Abbott and his government. Abbott’s hubris is staggering,” he said.

From Rome, Morrison said Australia’s policy was a “significant commitment” and compared it to the hunt for a Covid vaccine.

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“(I) look forward to updating other leaders on our plans and programs, in particular on our willingness to work with other countries on the technological breakthroughs that, frankly, when it comes to achieving net zero emissions, it is the same kind of challenge the world when looking for a vaccine, a vaccine to end the pandemic, ”he said.

Asked if he thought Glasgow could “end up getting a little damp” because China and others did not show up, he said: “Australia is taking steps forward. We are taking strong steps forward.”

Morrison also said he would meet with Australia’s former finance minister Mathias Cormann. In his new job as general secretary of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Cormann has called for a price on carbon despite lowering a carbon price plan when he was in government.

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