Powered by 80s5!

Obama ‘shirt-fronted’ Abbott on climate: Shorten

Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Labor leader Bill Shorten says US President Barack Obama has shirt-fronted Tony Abbott on climate change at the G20 leaders summit in Brisbane.

深圳桑拿网

After striking a deal with China to slash emissions last week, Mr Obama stole the limelight on Saturday when he urged developed countries to do their bit in the “global fight” against climate change.

In a direct appeal to Australia, the president warned natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef were under threat and urgent action was needed from all.

Mr Obama also announced the US would give $US3 billion ($A3.3 billion) to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund to help poorer countries deal with the impacts of climate change, such as rising seas, higher temperatures and extreme weather.

Mr Shorten said the prime minister had wanted to avoid talk of climate change at the Brisbane meeting.

“There was a lot of talk about shirt-fronting coming up to this G20 – it would appear that in the nicest and most articulate way, Barack Obama has shirt-fronted Tony Abbott and said `Come on Australia, lift your game’,” Mr Shorten told Sky News from the G20 forum.

“As I’ve been meeting with world leaders, they all believe that we should be talking about climate change.”

Treasurer Joe Hockey said he did not accept that climate change was one of the biggest impediments to economic growth.

“No. Absolutely not,” Mr Hockey told ABC television on Sunday.

He said economic reform needed to take priority over dealing with carbon emissions.

“We cannot afford to deal with climate change if governments are in recession or if countries are facing huge structural challenges,” he said.

The treasurer said China was going to increase its carbon emissions until 2030, despite a deal with the United States to act together on climate.

“Australia is doing the same amount of work on climate change as the United States over a 30-year period,” Mr Hockey said.

“What we are focused on is growth and jobs and we want people to have the jobs that give them the chance to have an income, that give them a chance in many parts of the world to lift themselves out of poverty.”

He said US President Barack Obama was yet to get his deal with China through a hostile Congress.

“So far he hasn’t had great success.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop cast Mr Obama’s climate push as an attempt to shore up his legacy in the final two years of his presidency.

She expected other countries to make similar statements ahead of the United Nations climate change meeting in Paris next year.

But citing the failed Copenhagen talks in 2009, she questioned whether the tough talk on emissions would lead to concrete action.

“The big issue… will be whether countries take the step from making statements about what they are going to do to actually committing to legally binding targets and commitments,” she told Network Ten.

“It was all very well to talk about it (in 2009), but people didn’t commit to legally binding targets that would be backed by legally enforceable penalties.”

Comments are closed.

Categories

Recent Posts

Default utility Image Public warned against revenge after arson charge

As he was driven away from Morwell Magistrates Court on Friday, angry residents hurled abuse...

Default utility Image Stimulus plans under scrutiny at G7 talks

Top economic powers urged action to help the world scramble out of a deepening recession,...

Default utility Image G7 sets sights on urgent economic reform

Italy\'s Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti called for a "new world economic order"...

Default utility Image Suspected US missile strike kills 27 in Pakistan

The strike, among the deadliest yet, defied Pakistani government warnings that the tactic is...

Default utility Image Vidmar apologises for extraordinary outburst

Vidmar, named the league\'s coach of the year only a week ago, labelled Adelaide...

Recent Posts

Default utility Image Default utility Image Default utility Image Default utility Image Default utility Image

Recent Posts

Default utility Image Public warned against revenge after arson charge

As he was driven away from Morwell Magistrates Court on Friday, angry residents hurled abuse...

Default utility Image Stimulus plans under scrutiny at G7 talks

Top economic powers urged action to help the world scramble out of a deepening recession,...

Default utility Image G7 sets sights on urgent economic reform

Italy\'s Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti called for a "new world economic order"...

Default utility Image Suspected US missile strike kills 27 in Pakistan

The strike, among the deadliest yet, defied Pakistani government warnings that the tactic is...

Default utility Image Vidmar apologises for extraordinary outburst

Vidmar, named the league\'s coach of the year only a week ago, labelled Adelaide...

Tag Cloud