Kofi “let them eat insects” Annan thinks Australia is not imposing sufficiently draconian climate policies on her citizens, to qualify as a leading green power.
According to Annan;
“Despite the known threats, far too many countries are failing to take decisive action. Several countries including Australia and Canada appear to have withdrawn entirely from constructive international engagement on climate,” the report said.
It is particular scathing about the direction in which Australia’s climate change policies are headed.
“With one of the world’s highest levels of per capita emissions, Australia has gone from leadership to free-rider status in climate diplomacy. Repeal of the Clean Energy Future Plan effectively abolished carbon pricing. Current policies will result in emissions increasing by about 12-18 per cent above 2000 emissions,” it said.
“End the free rides: Australia, Canada, Japan and the Russian Federation should set a clear course for zero emissions by 2050, with deep reductions by 2030. These countries might consider the far higher level of ambition set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.”
I’m sorry Kofi – if only we Australians had known, that the politicians we supported in the last election wanted to keep our household energy bills under control, instead of offering us the opportunity to be green economic martyrs. We could have maintained that all important green leadership.