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Australia’s Opposition Party Flags More Ambitious Emissions Goal

Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton

Photographer: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australian opposition leader Peter Dutton indicated his group will set a target before the next election for a bigger cut in emissions, but said that coal and gas should continue to be “a part of the mix.”

The Liberal National coalition will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by “something like 35%” by 2030, Dutton told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Sunday on its “Insiders” program. When it was in government, the coalition vowed to curb emissions by 26%-28% on 2005 levels by 2030.