Australia's Prime Minister Says Agreement on Climate Not Likely

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 19 (UPI) — Australia’s prime minister warns an international agreement on climate change is not likely at an upcoming summit in Denmark.

An accord at the December gathering in Copenhagen is “not nearly a done deal,” Kevin Rudd told The Australian.

His climate change minister, Penny Wong, also said she was pessimistic about the Copenhagen summit, but still advocates her country embrace an emissions trading system as an example.

However, Alan Oxley, a former senior trade negotiator for the Australian government, said it would take years to craft agreements on emissions trading and reducing carbon emissions, the newspaper reported in its Saturday edition.

He said the differences in the positions of the United States, the European Union, China and India are too far apart to come to an agreement in Copenhagen. The summit’s goal is to create a global treaty to replace the Kyoto accords. That pact expires in 2012. Representatives of 170 governments will meet in Denmark for the summit.

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