Why Australia Must Stop Exporting Coal

From Coal Guru

Why get worked up about our climate responsibilities when Australia’s contribution to global emissions, around 1.5% of the total, is small?

Here is the usual reply. Australia’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions means it ranks 12th among the planet’s 195 plus nations. We are 16th in the world for domestic CO2 emissions alone. And our per capita emissions are among the highest in the world. So our contribution to global warming is much greater than we often recognize.

But by another view Australia’s role is vastly more significant, and our climate and energy export policies are positively schizophrenic in response. Specifically, Labor’s national energy export policy undermines and overwhelms any benefits from its domestic climate policy efforts.

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