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January 11, 2004

Ausie's Kick Kyoto

Well, it looks like Kyoto and the global warming crowd suffer another defeat, as reported in here in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia has abandoned a major international measure aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions, arguing that it is unlikely to come into effect and creates no incentive for industry to reduce such emissions.

The Howard Government believes there is still significant uncertainty surrounding the Kyoto Protocol and its international emissions trading scheme and has stopped all work on the scheme by the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO). Staff have been moved to other projects or have left.

Stick a fork in it. It's done. But the Labor party is of course screaming.

Labor has signalled its intention to make global warming a major part of its environment policy for this year's federal election.

The Opposition Leader, Mark Latham, will attack the Government's stance on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol as he attempts to rekindle the political debate on the environment in the run-up to the poll.

"Climate change is the number one international environmental issue," he said yesterday. "Kyoto is high on our agenda. We will be committing to it and it will be a centrepiece of the parliamentary debate this year."

Just like all activists, they have issues that have to be international, environmental, to feed their agenda

But Mr Latham was previously a Kyoto skeptic. In the campaign for the Cunningham by-election in 2002 he attacked the Greens' support for the treaty, arguing that it would jeopardise jobs.

And thus he stubled across the problem with a big part of the enivornmental movement, and the coalitions that the left tries to hold together. They want factory works to vote for them, along with the people who want the factory workers to get thrown out of work.

January 11, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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