Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! (Oi! Oi! Oi!)

December 12, 2007

Kudos to newly elected Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who yesterday followed through on one of his main campaign promises.  Rudd, the leader of Australia’s Labour Party, which swept to power in November’s national elections, ousting the utterly misnamed “Liberal Party” and its leader, John Howard, vowed throughout the campaign to add Australia to the list of signatories of the Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming.  Yesterday in Bali, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, only a week after he took office, Rudd delivered the ratification papers.

In many ways, it was a symbolic act, since Australia was already basically in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol’s carbon emissions targets.  But it was a powerful statement nevertheless; an acknowledgment that the previous government had been wrong to keep Australia out of the agreement, and a none-too-subtle reproof of the Bush Administration’s continued refusal to sign on to Kyoto or to pledge support for the treaty that will eventually emerge from the current meetings.

Look, before my friends to the right jump all over me, let me say that Kyoto was not a perfect document.  Not by a long shot.  And we can only hope for the sake of the entire planet that whatever agreement comes out of Bali will recognize that China and India can no longer be considered “emerging nations” when it comes to manufacturing or carbon emissions caps.  But the failure of the current U.S. Administration to take the lead on global climate change should be an embarrassment to every American.  We are sacrificing the future of our children and grandchildren, and risking the survival of the entire planet, all out of concern for corporate profits and the preservation of un unsustainable way of life.  News flash:  if we continue to lay waste to the planet, corporate earnings and the price of the newest Hummer model will be the least of our concerns.

Today’s music:  Michael Hedges (Breakfast in the Field)


3 Responses to “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! (Oi! Oi! Oi!)”

  1. Graham said

    Does that mean you yanks in your big gas guzzling “trucks” in the ‘Patron State of Shootin’ Stuff’ will go buy a Prius? 😉



    PS – I have to admit, I own a 4wd (diesel) and was mightily impressed with the Tennessean Fireworks Warehouses…wasn’t I, David!! 🙂

    PPS – Sitting on the back balcony, laptop on the big green table, drinkin’ a beer in a Noccundra Pub cooler on a Thursday arvo checking out how you guys are going over their.

    PPPS – Maybe I should get into thei blogging stuff.

  2. davidbcoe said

    Yeah, Graham was pretty into the fireworks when he was here. And you should have seen him in Walmart….

    I’d love to fix your typo, my friend, but I can’t edit comments. I can delete it, but I don’t think I will. If you want to make fun of us petrol-guzzling Yanks, you’re just going to have to check your spelling a bit more closely…

  3. Jay Lake had a quote by McCain (of all people) that I thought was a no duh, and yet, the Bush Admin doesn’t get it:

    “Suppose that climate change is not real and all we do is adopt green technologies, which our economy and our technology is perfectly capable of. Then all we’ve done is given our kids a cleaner world. But suppose they are wrong. Suppose they are wrong and climate change is real and we’ve done nothing. What kind of a planet are we going to pass on to the next generation of Americans?”

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