Australian government officials privately informed Angus Taylor that the latest international climate science report was "balanced and transparent " before Barnaby Joyce then refused to endorse some of the main findings.
In the middle of government divisions over climate policy ahead of the Glasgow COP26 conference, Guardian Australia may reveal that Taylor's department has him also said to expect intensified calls "for more ambitious climate targets, such as net zero emissions by 2050 or before ".
Taylor, the Minister of Emissions Reduction, received un four-page briefing from his department just before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its new report in August .
The Industry Department also provided Taylor with " updated talking points "and a " media management strategy "- although these attachments were not included in the document released to Guardian Australia under the Freedom of Information Laws (FoI).
"The department is of the opinion that the report provides an assessment comprehensive, balanced and transparent response that responds to Australia's comments submitted during the government's final review, ”said the ministerial submission sent on Aug. 9.
Taylor and the Liberals broadly accepted the IPCC report, Taylor saying duringits publication that "Australia is committed to achieving net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050 ".
However, three weeks after his release, Joyce, who as leader of the Nationals will be crucial to the outcome of the government's climate policy negotiations, refused to endorse IPCC Conclusions.
At a National Press Club event on September 3, Deputy Prime Minister similar questions from the Guardian to find out s He agreed with several key findings from the report to a baptism where parents were required to "denounce Satan and all his works and deeds." Joyce has stated that he "is not going to stay here and be somehow berated for complying " with such statements.
When " 'we introduced him to plseveral 40-page statements summary for policymakers , Joyce said he will not "attend some kind of kangaroo court where you will now accept all the statements I say because the IPCC has said so ".
He only said that he believed that "humans have an influence on the climate ", without specifying to what extent an influence.
But the department's briefing to Taylor on the IPCC The report noted that the summary for policymakers "was approved line by line in an endorsement session. IPCC member governments from July 26 to August 6, 2021 "and represented a balanced outcome.
" The report is expected to attract media attention and intensify 's calls for more ambitious climate targets, such as net emissionsvoid by 2050 or before, "the department told Taylor.
The department said key messages from the report included that it was " without equivocal that the human inf light has warmed the atmosphere, the ocean and the earth ".
The briefing stated that it This was the IPCC's strongest statement on human influence to date, "and builds on a similar conclusion in its Fifth Assessment Report in 2013 which found that influence human was "clear ".
The briefing also noted that "limiting global warming induces at least zero net CO2 emissions, as well as sharp reductions other greenhouse gas emissions ".
" Stakeholders could use the publication of the report as an opportunity to amplify calls short-term action to reduce methane emissions, in particularits greatest impact on warming relative to carbon dioxide on a tonne-for-tonne basis, over a 100-year horizon, ”he said.
Three paragraphs of the briefing were blacked out in the version published by Guardian Australia, apparently due to a potential impact on foreign relations.
The briefing has been prepared for Taylor and there is no indication that Joyce received it.
Australia faces sustained diplomatic pressure, including from the United States and the United Kingdom , to strengthen its climate policies, including its target 2030, which remains at the level of the Abbott era ofa 26% to 28% reduction from 2005.
The FoI decision-maker said of the deletions: "I am satisfied that this material contains opinions and confidential information on matters of sensitivity between Australia and
Prime Minister Scott Morrison fended off diplomatic pressure on Thursday, saying he would not " make any suggestions on what other countries should do ".
Speaking to reporters outside the Lodge in Canberra, Morrison said the government will "work " on the details of its climate plan "during the following weeks ", arguing that this was a " very good faith process "to date.
Morrison n did not exclude acceptinga controversial proposal to create a $ 250 billion facilitated loan for the resource sector in return for national party support for a goal of zero net emission.
Resources Minister Keith Pitt has proposed that taxpayers buy fossil fuel financing and insurance, but the idea has been met with contempt for metropolitan liberals.
The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank, is considering launching a new TV ad campaign that blames the government to "try to cheat on climate action again ".
"Their net zero emissions plan by 2050 is a fraud if gas and coal are allowed to grow, "the narrator said in a 30-second ad. should air on Monday.
Richie Merzian,director of the climate and energy program at the Australia Institute, said actions speak louder than words.
"While the Prime Minister is on the point of announcing a goal of net zero by 2050, we can see from the actions of this government that it has little intention of achieving such a goal, and let alone beat it, "Merzian said.
With the Asian Development Bank getting ready to decide on a new energy policy that is likely to 'include ending funding for coal projects , a Treasury spokesperson said Thursday that the Australian government is "currently reviewing his post ".