Energy minister Angus Taylor says the federal government will make its “best efforts” to keep global warming to 1.5C. He told ABC’s Radio National this morning that the government is “confident” it will meet its emissions targets…
… without phasing out coal. A change in Cop26 phrasing that was meant to ring the “death knell” for coal was downgraded from phasing it “out” to phasing it “down”.
Under questioning from Fran Kelly, Taylor said Australia’s coal exports “will be driven by customer demand”, not government policy.
Good morning, everyone. Hope you all had a “do nothing” weekend and are looking forward to a “can do” Monday.
It’s Tory Shepherd here, with one eye on the news and one eye on the doggo who is in the Bucket O Shame thanks to a grass seed in the paw.
Cop26 is over but there are plenty of lingering questions for the federal government. Adam Morton has put “Will Australia increase its 2030 emissions target?” at the top of his list.
(At the weekend Australia was named the conference’s “colossal fossil” for its contributions.)
And the community of Forbes in central west New South Wales is on high alert after heavy rain. Authorities are set to decide whether to evacuate residents today and are forecasting major flooding. More on that to come …
On Covid, 70% of Queenslanders 16 and older are now double dosed, so some restrictions will ease in the sunshine state. The deadline for Victorian aged care staff to be fully vaccinated is today, and the NSW government says elective surgery will return to full capacity today.
Grab another coffee and stick with us as the day unfolds.