20. It cuts small island states out of climate talks

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Although the G4 countries and Australia have the power to largely solve climate change because they are responsible for most global emissions, for exactly the same reason they do not have the political will to agree and implement the rapid phaseout of fossil fuels that is urgently required. Although a G4 agreement would sideline oil exporters who have helped obstruct the UN process, it would also sideline the best advocates for the required scale of climate action, the small island states.

Also, while the Government’s proposed sector-specific approach to climate talks has the advantage of acknowledging different sources of emissions are non-equivalent, it would likely lead to agreements on anything but what is most urgently required: rapidly cutting fossil fuel CO2 emissions.

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