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Gov't must work with Greens for safe climate; Libs chaos matches climate chaos

The chaos in the Liberal Party and the warnings of 4C warming by 2060 if a weak agreement is reached in Copenhagen send a clear signal to the Rudd Government: work with the Australian Greens towards a safe climate outcome.

"The Rudd Government faces a clear choice between two cynical political wedges and meaningful climate action," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Rudd's grand bargain: sell out the planet at bargain basement price

Prime Minister Rudd's grand rhetoric at the United Nations is a far cry from the reality of his actions on the climate crisis, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens warned again today that the aim of global talks is not to achieve an agreement - it is to achieve an agreement that will protect the climate. That goal seems as far off as ever.

"Mr Rudd's grand bargain on the climate crisis is selling out the planet at bargain basement prices," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Global grandstanding while sandbagging coal won't protect the climate

Reports today that the Rudd Government looks to be preparing to increase handouts to the coal sector as part of a CPRS deal with the Coalition make a mockery of Mr Rudd's grandstanding on the global stage.

While progress appears to be being made towards agreement, both at a global and domestic level, both sets of negotiations seem headed for craven political compromises that will allow governments and industry to continue with the status quo instead of taking the kind of bold action the science clearly requires.

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Rudd and Wong's global deal would lock in climate failure - Greens

The Rudd government's "circuit breaker" may help broker a deal, but it will be a deal to lock in failure in tackling global warming, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"This 'circuit breaker' will delight polluters, but it will appal scientists," Senator Brown said.

"Mr Rudd and Senator Wong are so determined to be seen to broker some kind of deal that they have lost sight of what the deal is supposed to achieve.

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Climate politics trumps climate action with Hill appointment

The Rudd Government's appointment of Robert Hill to head the Australian Carbon Trust has a lot to do with wedging the Coalition, the Australian Greens said today.

Robert Hill, as Liberal Environment Minister, played a key personal role in weakening the Kyoto Protocol at negotiations in 1997, undermining global climate action for years afterwards and setting Australia up as a global climate spoiler by not ratifying the Protocol.

"Robert Hill has been no friend of the climate and his appointment will not impress international negotiators," said Senator Bob Brown.

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Rudd's weak targets contradict G8 2°C goal

Prime Minister Rudd must firmly commit Australia to limiting global warming to no more than 2°C and then lift his weak emissions reduction targets to meet that goal, Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said today.

Senator Brown said Mr Rudd's 5-25% emissions reduction targets contradict the global 2°C goal and undermine the chances of achieving a global agreement to meet that goal, let alone a more ambitious one.

"Mr Rudd and Minister Wong need to be direct with the Australian community about whether they are committed to a global 2°C goal," Senator Brown said.

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Rudd's climate failure on global show

Prime Minister Rudd's failure-in-waiting approach to climate change will be on global show this week, according to the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said Mr Rudd's 5% target fails the Bali Road Map target of 25-40% reductions in greenhouse gases over 1990 levels by 2020.

"Mr Rudd is handing over $16 billion to old polluters to help them keep polluting, while failing to invest near enough in fostering green alternatives" Senator Brown said.

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