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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

The Government and other naysayers say it can't be done. The Greens say it must be done, so it will be done.

Christine Milne spoke today at the National Press Club in Canberra, televised nationally on ABC1, setting out the Greens' vision for a safe climate and setting that against what the Government is proposing with the CPRS.

You can read the speech here and please use this as an open thread to discuss the issues it raises!

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Rudd's target slammed at global meeting

The Rudd Government has been awarded a "Fossil of the Day" award at the UN Climate meeting in Bonn for its "obnoxious" conditions for moving to a still "inadequate" emissions reduction target.

"It is clear that nobody who wants an effective outcome from global talks is impressed by the Rudd Government's inadequate emissions reduction offer," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

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UK 34% vs Australia 4%

The British Government has committed to an unconditional cut in its greenhouse gas emissions of 34% below 1990 by 2020, leaving the Rudd Government's 4% target in its wake, the Australian Greens said today.

UK Chancellor Alistair Darling announced the 34% target in his Budget speech last night, noting that the Government's ambition was to achieve the target entirely domestically and that "the Government will increase the level of ambition of carbon budgets once a satisfactory global deal on climate change is reached."

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Wong's credibility gap growing

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong's pronouncements on the CPRS are increasingly distant from the reality of the draft legislation, the Australian Greens said today.

"Penny Wong is increasingly sounding like a used car salesman, desperately calling out ‘a deal this good can't last forever' when no-one wants to buy the beat up old gas-guzzler she has on offer," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

"It is obvious to everyone that the car Penny Wong spruiks bears little resemblance to what is actually in front of us.

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Business-as-usual cannot trump the laws of science on climate change

The Australian Greens today warned the Rudd Government that its emissions trading scheme must be based on science.

"Prime Minister Rudd must recognise that he cannot negotiate with the laws of physics and chemistry. Speeding up already announced renewable energy funding will not compensate for weak targets," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Climate Change Spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Wong's Howard game at climate talks will send voters to the Greens

The electorate will not forgive the Rudd Government for holding back global progress towards responsible emissions reductions, the Australian Greens today.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong is taking the Howard Government's negotiating tactics to the Poznan meeting, adopting the same positions and even flying the same negotiators, led by Jan Adams and Robert Owen Jones, to the conference. The Greens now provide the only real alternative for voters who want to see action to protect the climate.

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Weak targets make no scientific, economic or diplomatic sense; China, business reject Rudd-Garnaut go-slow

The Rudd Government's plans to announce weak climate targets are already undermining global negotiations, with China and South Africa saying the refusal to sign up to the 25-40% negotiating range could scuttle a new global deal, the Australian Greens said today.

A statement from global business leaders today will strengthen the increasingly troubling scientific calls for Australia to act responsibly, arguing, as the Greens have done, that investing now in reducing emissions will help drive the economic recovery.

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