Australia will host a G20 summit this November, and ahead of that meeting, it’s pointing out the futility of further international progress on addressing climate change. Reuters reports:
G20 countries are encouraged to invest in green infrastructure, and there was work on reducing fossil fuel subsidies and on climate change financing, [Heather Smith, the personal G20 representative of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott] said after giving a speech on Australia’s G20 presidency.But she added: “You have to find consensus where there is consensus, and there is no consensus in the G20 to do anything beyond those areas I’ve mentioned.
Greens will be quick to point out that this is Abbott’s Australia speaking; his Administration has worked to dismantle many of the country’s climate change apparatuses. But speaking on behalf of the Abbott Administration, senior official Heather Smith noted that this was “not an Australian position. It reflects the membership.”This is no great shock. The movement to craft a Global Climate Treaty has been treading water for years, and summit after UN-sponsored summit have failed to produce anything of value. True, climate change is an international issue, but emissions culpabilities are so diverse, and the effects of climate change so varied, that coming up with an enforceable international policy is effectively a non-starter. Australia is merely pointing out the obvious: Don’t expect progress on the global approach.