PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd last night did an about-face on deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, days after Australia’s delegation backed the plan at the climate talks in Bali. A government representative at the talks this week said Australia backed a 25-40 per cent cut on 1990 emission levels by 2020. But after warnings it would lead to huge rises in electricity prices, Mr Rudd said the Government would not support the target. The repudiation of the delegate’s position represents the first stumble by the new Government’s in its approach to climate change.
Peter Jean, Herald Sun, 7 December 2007
INDONESIA has struck out at developed countries for presenting “empty propaganda” during climate change negotiations in Bali and stalling proposals to pay to protect the world’s forests. “When it comes to the negotiating table here in Bali, they only come with promises,” Mr Salim said. “When it comes to the negotiating table here in Bali, developed countries are stingy. “Where are you?” Mr Salim asked of Australia, the United States and Britain. Indonesia’s Forestry Minister, Malam Kaban, yesterday said his country could expect “big payments” from the scheme, as much as $US10 billion ($11.48 billion).
Sydney Morning Herald, 7 December 2007
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States has invited major economies to Hawaii next month for a new round of talks about setting goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
The White House sent invitations on December 1 for the meeting of 17 major economies, which account for more than 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, said Harlan Watson, the chief U.S. at U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia.
“The meeting will be held in Honolulu,” Watson told Reuters. He said he believed the dates of the Hawaii meeting were January 29 and 30. The United States held a first round of the talks in Washington in late September.