So, in late March 2001 George ‘hanging chad’ Bush had pulled the USA out of the Kyoto negotiations for an emissions reduction target (grossly inadequate, of course) for developed countries. The Howard Government was very happy with this, and Howard sent Bush a mash note on April 1st.
According to Green Left Weekly:
“On April 2, the Senate passed a motion moved by Greens Senator Bob Brown condemning the US and Australian governments “for their efforts to derail the Kyoto Climate Change Convention”. Labor supported the motion, but on April 4 the ALP rejected a motion put by Brown calling on the government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Bolkus said it would be “premature” to support the motion.”
The ALP was in flux on this in 2000-2001 (i.e. they were listening to the unions), but went to the 2001 Federal Election with Kyoto ratification as a manifesto promise…
Also on this day –
1978– Paddy McGuinness article – “Where Friedman is a pinko” – in the Australian Financial Review that helps the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), a libertarian thinktank, immensely, helped put them ‘on the map.’
2005 APEC conference at Parliament House “Managing Climate Change: Practicalities and Realities in a post-Kyoto future”. The conference website was designed by International Trade Strategies, a consultancy run by Alan Oxley. Programme here http://www.apec.org.au/mccprogram.pdf
Australia is heavily dependent upon coal exports for its balance of payments. This is obviously completely unconnected to Australian Federal governments, from Keating (1991-1996) onwards, doing everything they can to scupper international climate negotiations, or, failing that, carve out the sweetest possible deal for itself. In 1997, simply by threatening to veto, and some fancy 1am footwork, the Australians extracted an increase for themselves when everyone else bar the Norwegians and Iceland promised cuts. After all that palaver, Prime Minister John Howard announced, on World Environment Day 2002, that Australia would not ratify.
The whole Kyoto process dragged along until the Russians decided they could sign and make some money, which they did in late 2004. Kyoto came into “force”, therefore, just before the 2005 APEC conference at Parliament House in Canberra, “Managing Climate Change: Practicalities and Realities in a post-Kyoto future”. It was one of a series of events that gave aid and comfort and networking opportunities to those who believe climate change isn’t happening/isn’t important/is a communist plot.
It was sponsored by ExxonMobil, Xstrata (since swallowed by Glencore) and the ‘libertarian’ outfit TechCentral.
Also on this day
2011 Wally Broecker’s speech “Sea Grant” speech at MIT
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