Rudd Shafts Pacific

6 August 2009

We've just got our hands on the communique from the Pacific Island Forum. It is a total disaster. Rudd has shafted the Pacific. Pacific leaders went into the PIF calling for 45% cuts in greenhouse pollution by 2020. They left agreeing to 50% cuts by 2050.  They went in with a strong position that global warming needs to be kept below 1.5 degrees, and finished up agreeing to 2 degrees. That is what bullying looks like. Rudd's media statement was a complete fraud. Crocodile tears for the Pacific. Oh the flowery rhetoric of urgency and dire need - matched with the politics of the big polluters. If 50% cuts by 2050 is all they can agree to then people in the Pacific might as well start looking for another home now.