USA and China follow Palmer and Gore’s lead on Climate Change

Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

China and the United States’ agreement on a new set of targets to reduce greenhouse emissions follows discussions between Clive Palmer and former US Vice President Al Gore in Canberra earlier this year.

Mr Palmer, the federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, and Mr Gore held ground-breaking discussions about tackling the global issue of climate change in June.

“Vice-President Gore is a great leader and certainly convinced me of the need for the whole world to work together on climate change,” Mr Palmer said.

Subsequently the Palmer United Party senators moved amendments to the carbon tax repeal bill to insert provisions to ensure the full savings power companies receive under a repeal are handed on to everyday Australians.

More recently the Palmer United Party successfully negotiated with the Abbott Government to consider major amendments to carbon farming, retaining the Climate Change Authority and agreeing to a three-stage, 18-month enquiry into an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

“In understanding climate change, we must remain ever vigilant and be aware of how Australia as part of the international community is doing and, more importantly, what the global community can do together to make the lives of all those who inhabit the world more secure,’’ Mr Palmer said.

On Wednesday, US President Barrack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping announced a joint climate change agreement after talks in Beijing.

China has agreed to slow and then stop its emissions by 2030 while the US said it would reduce emissions by up to 28 per cent by 2025.