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Reader riposte: Climate change leadership

10 November 2011 11:00

Ralph Evans writes:

Sam is quite right: Malcolm Turnbull's statement on Q&A that China offers the best hope of doing something concrete about climate change was a remarkable cut-through for a front ranking Australian politician. However, Malcolm is not entirely right in saying America has 'abdicated' and 'abandoned' global leadership in the field. This may be true of the Federal Administration, bogged down as it is by opposition in Congress to everything it tries to do.

However, California has an economy approaching twice Australia's in size and may well emit more greenhouse gases than Australia does. California is very active in greenhouse gas abatement. It has a carbon trading system due to start in 2013. It has mandated lower average vehicle emissions and that one-third of its power must come from renewables by 2020. It has set a formal target to return to 1990 levels of emissions by 2020.