Sky News host Nicholas Reece says Australia is “so busy tying ourselves in knots” over net zero by 2050, we’ve skipped over the “most important” debate, which is on what the country can do in the next decade for 2030.
It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison has jet off to Rome for the G20 before he heads to Glasgow for the COP26 Climate Change Conference.
Mr Morrison has refused calls for a more ambitious 2030 target other than a 26 to 28 per cent carbon emission reduction.
“The PM tells us that he is going to tell the world that we are going to achieve net zero by 2050, and we are doing it the ‘Australian Way’,” Mr Reece said.
“When it comes to climate change, the ‘Australian Way’ is seen as a pathetic joke.”
“Most of Australia’s 18 coal-fired power stations are expected to close over the next 15 years, leaving about 10,000 workers looking for new jobs.
“The PM and Deputy PM (Barnaby Joyce) had nothing meaningful to say to these workers this week, instead of a grown-up conversation about energy transition and clean energy opportunities for the regions – we got slogans.
“And when you are caught out doing the very least you can possibly do, done at the last possible minute – describing that as ‘Australian Way’ is not very smart.
“The only league table Australia is leading on when it comes to climate action is the league table for bull dusters.”