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Turnbull raises carbon emmissions issue in Parliament

Broadcast: 07/02/2007

Reporter: Tony Jones

The newly-minted Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, set the scale of the global warming
problem facing the Government in Question Time.

Transcript

TONY JONES: Let's look back at a moment in today's Question Time when the newly-minted Environment
Minister Malcolm Turnbull set out the scale of the problem facing the Government which have to
reign in carbon emissions to deal with global warming.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, ENVIRONMENT MINISTER: China, Mr Speaker, is the world's second-largest emitter of
greenhouse gases. Only a few years ago it was forecast to overtake the United States by 2020.
China's growth has been so rapid that it is expected to overtake the United States by 2010 or even
2009. So it is growing extraordinarily quickly, in terms of its greenhouse gas emissions.

China is commissioning the equivalent of a 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power station every five days
and its additional growth in emissions equals Australia's annual total every eight months. So that
gives an idea of the scale of the problem.

TONY JONES: Well, Malcolm Turnbull's solution is to export Australian made clean coal technology to
these giant polluters, along with our shipments of coal. At the same time the Government is edging
towards some form of carbon trading system.