MELBOURNE, Sept. 26 (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not promise to eliminate fossil fuels as the Climate Conference approaches, and vice-ministers are close to zero opposition to zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia, the world’s largest coal and gas exporter, is pushing for a reduction in emissions ahead of the COP26 United Nations Climate Conference in November in Scotland.
On Friday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on Australia to set a “deadline” to achieve net zero emissions. As many peers do.
In an interview with Australian media after the summit in Washington, the government said it was still working on plans to curb fossil fuels, a major part of Australia’s export revenue.
He told Broadcasting Service SBS in an interview on Saturday night that he was not ready to go back to any fossil fuel industry.
“We don’t have to change, because that change will happen over time,” he said. We are working on transition technologies and fuels and the last technologies that could bring us to zero right there in the next 20, 30 years … This will not happen overnight.
Morrison, who had the unspoken slogan “Technology is not a tax,” was part of a government that eased carbon pricing after winning the 2013 election.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, a climate change suspect, dug into a clear zero target on Sunday.
Joyce, who represents the majority of rural voters, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Joyce said the revenue from the mining and agricultural industries was needed in regional cities, hairdressers and car service providers.
“Remember, fossil fuels are the largest exporters of your country and if you export your country’s largest, you have to accept a lower standard of living,” he said.
Reported by Melanie Burton; Edited by William Mallard
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