Obama, Rudd to discuss climate change

09/07/2018 Posted by admin

THE US and Australia are expected to work closely together on climate change policy in Italy next month, after the US president, Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd to discuss cooperation Tuesday.In a brief statement the White House said they had also discussed the North Korea nuclear issue, including ways in which the United States and Australia can work together to ensure full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1874.The two leaders are due to meet in Italy in July, when world leaders convene for a Major Economies Meeting to discuss climate change ahead of the December deadline for a new treaty to reduce global emissions.This Major Economies forum was originally set up by the former President George Bush and has been continued by President Obama, even though there was some scepticism about its initial purpose. Australia and the US share a common interest in investment in clean coal technologies as both countries depend on coal for large amounts of their power. The US is also under pressure from the European Community to commit to more stringent mid-term cuts to its emissions and Australia is likely to be an ally in arguing for a more gradual path for nations like the US and Australia.The US cap and trade scheme, likely to come before Congress later this week, proposes that the US cut its emissions by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020 ; the EU is urging nations to cut their emissions by 20 per cent below 1990 levels in the same timeframe.Australia’s proposed scheme would deliver a 14 per cent cut below 2005 levels, making it more comparable to the US scheme. The EU, the US and Australia are all working toward a cut of 83 per cent below 2005 levels by 2050.
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