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Climate sceptics versus spin versus science

The media storm over climate sceptics in the Coalition, triggered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Lowy Institute speech last Friday and the ABC's Four Corners program on Monday night, is bringing much needed rain for a government whose climate credentials were looking very dry.

It has very effectively framed the debate in the Government's superficial way - the choice between action and inaction - and, in so doing, allowed the Government to again escape scrutiny at a crucial moment here in Australia.

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Why is Rudd going to Copenhagen?

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"Unless and until Mr Rudd is willing to step up to the plate and commit to the safe climate target of 40% emissions cuts, his presence at Copenhagen will only serve to hold back progress towards a meaningful global agreement.

"Mr Rudd and his fellow leaders of the rich world are increasingly at odds with the developing world, who are already feeling the heat and will not sign up to any agreement which sees big polluters like Australia do too little.

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Poor countries threaten climate walkout: Rudd's target part of the problem

Kevin Rudd's woefully weak emissions reduction targets are helping to undermine chances of an agreement at the Copenhagen climate conference, with the world's poorest and most vulnerable nations threatening to walk out of negotiations unless rich nations commit to 40% cuts below 1990 levels by 2020.

News is now reaching Australia that the 55 African nations led the move at the Barcelona negotiations, supported by all other developing nation negotiating blocs: G77 plus China, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the Least Developed Countries group.

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US lifts emissions reduction targets: Rudd's bottom end now dragging down the world

Prime Minister Rudd's bottom end targets are now dragging down global action and should be scrapped immediately, the Australian Greens said today.

The US Senate draft climate bill released today increases the US unconditional commitment on emissions reductions to the equivalent of 19% below 1990 levels by 2020, up from 16% offered only months ago.

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The climate change ball is in Rudd's court, not Turnbull's

With all the focus on the chaos in the Liberal Party, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the fundamental decision on what climate path Australia takes will be made by the Government, not the Opposition.

It is up to the Government to decide whether to wedge Malcolm Turnbull, or give him enough rope to hang himself, or, tragically least likely, actually take meaningful action to avert the climate crisis.

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