Faced with a much worse recession than we are facing here, the UK Labour Government has pledged to cut Britain’s emissions unconditionally by 34% on 1990 levels by 2020, with this to increase under an international deal.
The UK Government aims to do this without importing international credits, which have been heavily criticised by scientists and environment groups.
While these cuts are still not what climate scientists are saying the rich world needs to cut emissions by in order to avoid runaway climate change (well over 40% by 2020), compare it to the measly 5% by 2020 Kevin Rudd has offered for Australia – complete with importing of international permits.
If the UK can do this, why can’t Australia do even better with our abundant renewable energy resources?
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