Australia will “hear from the United States” if Prime Minister Scott Morrison fails to commit to a net zero emissions target and invest in renewables according to a top American official.
The United States is imposing increasing pressure on nations to reduce reliance on fossil fuel resources with President Joe Biden making climate diplomacy a top priority and inviting 40 world leaders to a virtual summit this Friday.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said US diplomats would “challenge the practices” of countries which are setting the world back in the fight against global warming.
“When countries continue to rely on coal for a significant amount of their energy, or invest in new coal factories, or allow for massive deforestation, they will hear from the United States and our partners about how harmful these actions are.”
Despite Chinese lip service backing the net zero emissions push the nation built multiple coal powered fire stations last year.
In contrast Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell said “I think Scott Morrison and Angus Taylor have changed their language since Joe Biden was elected. There’s less of this gas led recovery talk”.