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Rudd's grand bargain: sell out the planet at bargain basement price

Prime Minister Rudd's grand rhetoric at the United Nations is a far cry from the reality of his actions on the climate crisis, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens warned again today that the aim of global talks is not to achieve an agreement - it is to achieve an agreement that will protect the climate. That goal seems as far off as ever.

"Mr Rudd's grand bargain on the climate crisis is selling out the planet at bargain basement prices," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Global grandstanding while sandbagging coal won't protect the climate

Reports today that the Rudd Government looks to be preparing to increase handouts to the coal sector as part of a CPRS deal with the Coalition make a mockery of Mr Rudd's grandstanding on the global stage.

While progress appears to be being made towards agreement, both at a global and domestic level, both sets of negotiations seem headed for craven political compromises that will allow governments and industry to continue with the status quo instead of taking the kind of bold action the science clearly requires.

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

The Government and other naysayers say it can't be done. The Greens say it must be done, so it will be done.

Christine Milne spoke today at the National Press Club in Canberra, televised nationally on ABC1, setting out the Greens' vision for a safe climate and setting that against what the Government is proposing with the CPRS.

You can read the speech here and please use this as an open thread to discuss the issues it raises!

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Rudd's target slammed at global meeting

The Rudd Government has been awarded a "Fossil of the Day" award at the UN Climate meeting in Bonn for its "obnoxious" conditions for moving to a still "inadequate" emissions reduction target.

"It is clear that nobody who wants an effective outcome from global talks is impressed by the Rudd Government's inadequate emissions reduction offer," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

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UK 34% vs Australia 4%

The British Government has committed to an unconditional cut in its greenhouse gas emissions of 34% below 1990 by 2020, leaving the Rudd Government's 4% target in its wake, the Australian Greens said today.

UK Chancellor Alistair Darling announced the 34% target in his Budget speech last night, noting that the Government's ambition was to achieve the target entirely domestically and that "the Government will increase the level of ambition of carbon budgets once a satisfactory global deal on climate change is reached."

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Wong's credibility gap growing

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong's pronouncements on the CPRS are increasingly distant from the reality of the draft legislation, the Australian Greens said today.

"Penny Wong is increasingly sounding like a used car salesman, desperately calling out ‘a deal this good can't last forever' when no-one wants to buy the beat up old gas-guzzler she has on offer," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

"It is obvious to everyone that the car Penny Wong spruiks bears little resemblance to what is actually in front of us.

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