How hot will the world get under political parties’ climate plans? – Sydney Morning Herald
A spokesperson for Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said: “Thanks to strong and practical action by the Morrison government, Australia is on track to reduce emissions by 35 per cent by 2030.”
The spokesperson claimed Hare is “an outspoken supporter of Labor, the Greens and Climate 200” and his analysis “should be seen in that light”
Hare said his analysis used peer-reviewed data, drawn from published emissions data, and the results are “clear and untainted” by any political party.
“I am not a member of any political party, and I regularly discuss climate action – and climate science – with people of all political persuasions, both here and overseas.”
He said Labor’s plan was also not consistent with the Paris Agreement and, like the Coalition’s, is not consistent with the survival of the Great Barrier Reef or Ningaloo Reef, as well as increased heat extremes occurring every five years.
The report said the Greens’ target of a 74 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 is consistent with limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
So-called teal independent candidates are challenging Liberal MPs in formerly safe seats in Melbourne, including Kooyong and Goldstein, as well as in Sydney, including the Wentworth and North Sydney electorates.
The report said the climate commitments of these independents, which are supporting the policy of Warringah independent MP Zali Steggall, was consistent with temperature rise that is close to, but within, the upper boundary of a pathway to limit warming to 1.5 degrees and “a stronger target would give a higher probability of meeting the 1.5 degrees limit”.
A Labor spokesperson said the party’s 2030 target “puts Australia back on track with our key trading partners and allies, and on a trajectory to net zero by 2050”.
Greens leader Adam Bandt said his party’s targets “are science-based and consistent with Australia doing its fair share to limit global heating”.
“The key element missing from the targets debate continues to be coal and gas. No target is credible unless it is accompanied with a commitment to no new coal and gas.”
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