Just days after new Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd took office and pledged radical different policies on climate, Greenpeace has accused Australia of undermining negotiations on emissions targets for developed countries at the current United Nations climate talks in Bali.
Although, the European Union wants a 25 to 40 per cent band of emission reductions by 2020 as a basis for future negotiations beyond Kyoto, Greenpeace says Australia is now refusing to take a position on tough emissions targets for developed countries.
Greenpeace’s Ben Pearson says Australia must come on board. “You’re seeing only a few countries saying no to this – Japan, Canada, and the US and then Australia,” he said. “That’s certainly not a group of countries Australia should be involved with any more.”