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Strong targets in Copenhagen negotiating text welcome, but land-use rorts could undermine their intergrity

The 25-45% targets at the heart of the new Copenhagen negotiating text expose how out of step with global thinking the Rudd Government has been in refusing to negotiate with the Greens around the targets in the CPRS.

"The only way one can see a reasonable agreement coming out of Copenhagen, bringing together the small island states, the developed world and the large developing nations, is if rich countries like Australia now move to take on targets towards the top end of the 25-45% range," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Ferguson on coal matches Wong in Copenhagen

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said of Minister Ferguson's announcement of 4 new carbon capture and storage pre-feasibility studies:

"How timely that, while Minister Wong is in Copenhagen promoting global action far too weak to address the climate crisis, Minister Ferguson is at home in Australia promoting local action which also has no hope of protecting the climate.

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No more excuses on targets

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, speaking from Copenhagen, said:

"Tony Abbott's misunderstanding of basic climate policy is astonishing, but the Government's response has showed up once again the nonsense of their refusal to lift their sights to science-based emissions reduction targets.

"Tuvalu has belled the cat in Copenhagen on the refusal of rich countries like Australia to follow the science and accept strong binding targets. It's a matter of survival, for them in the short term and for us, too, in the slightly longer term.

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