The Australian Abbott government has, in the last few days, endured significant pressure from President Obama, and other committed greens, to join their efforts to chase the carbon dragon. I’m happy to report that, so far, Abbott seems to be sticking to his commitment to avoid enacting costly climate policies, such as the carbon tax.
The Age, a major Australian daily newspaper, reports that Australia has gone “missing” on climate change. “Australia has jumped from the vanguard of developed nations battling climate change, and is now an international pariah on the issue. As the Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, Tony de Brum, had reason to note this week, Australia’s ”backsliding” on climate change does not make sense and ”goes against the grain of the world”.
The Sydney Morning Herald, another Australian daily, has also reported that Australia is avoiding the Climate issue. “Climate change by contrast, was mentioned only in the context of being easier to fix once higher economic growth is achieved.”
Given the Australian Abbott government’s so far firm line on the climate issue, and the disinterest of other major CO2 emitters such as China, India, Russia and Canada, and even reports that green Europe is going cold on the global warming issue http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/09/europe-bails-on-green-energy/ – the probability of a meaningful international agreement on CO2 emissions seems comfortably low.