Australian government backs coal in defiance of IPCC climate warning

October 09, 2018

The Australian government has rejected the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report’s call to phase out coal power by 2050, claiming renewable energy cannot replace baseload coal power.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi, who is a strong supporter of reliable baseload power, says the IPCC and the United Nations Paris climate accord are just alarmist mechanisms designed to redistribute global wealth to developing countries.

The Guardian reports, the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack (pictured), said Australia should “absolutely” continue to use and exploit its coal reserves, despite the IPCC’s warnings the world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe.

He said the government would not change policy “just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do”.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the IPCC is a flawed excuse for global socialism.

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