The Guardian reports that:
the [British] prime minister wanted a framework that included a target for stabilising CO2 emissions, a global scheme to cap and trade carbon emissions, a global investment fund for new green technologies and action to stop deforestation. The agreement would include three countries that were not part of Kyoto - the United States, China and India.No mention of that other notable non-Kyoto signatory - Australia.
At home, however, the government hasn't moved one iota. Howard continues to argue against any form of carbon tax and reiterated his case that alternative sources of energy (those other than coal and nuclear) would never be able to meet the base load requirements of Australian cities.
Howard also said he remains steadfast in his small minded determination not to sign up to Kyoto or anything similar:
I am not going to sign up to something that imposes burdens on my country that are not imposed on our competitors.Competitors! What the f@#K?
I don't even know where to start with logic that insane.
So I'll skip to the bit where I tell you what you can do.
First, if you remain "sceptical" go and see Al Gore's film. Once you're convinced pay a visit to the David Suzuki Foundation and learn about some simple things you can do at home and work to curb your personal emissions.
Finally, get out and about. This Saturday (4 December) is the International Day of Action on Climate Change and cities all over Australia are hosting the Walk Against Warming. Check out the website for locations and more info.
With a government like ours it looks like we'll have to do most of it ourselves. Still, it can't be to long till the next election...