China-US Deal on Carbon Emissions – A Reality Check


The deal reported between the US and China on carbon emission reductions through to 2030 has naturally been lauded by the Greens Political Party but as always needs a reality check.

China emits 24 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions.

The US emits 15 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions.

Australia emits less than 1.5 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions.

When the US and China get down to our level of emissions then we should join their plans.

Until then, we should compete with the US and China in trade and local jobs terms by doing what we and the previous government both committed to and that is reducing our 1.4 per cent of global emissions by 5 per cent.

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