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RUDD TO RESHAPE LARGE FOREIGN NATION

Some guy from Queensland is going to set China straight:

Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd is to lead a Labor delegation to China later this year to push the world’s fastest growing economy to limit its greenhouse gas emissions.

Good luck with that, Kev. Then again, why are you bothering? China already has stricter emission limits than the US; Sir Nicholas Stern says so! Maybe Rudd should convince his new pal to limit his emissions instead:

In a pre-recorded message, former US vice-president Al Gore, producer of the climate change movie An Inconvenient Truth, praised Mr Rudd for his leadership, singling out his plan to get China on board.

Gore is interfering in Australian affairs! This’ll upset Bob Brown for the rest of the week.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/31/2007 at 02:31 PM
  1. Some folks think we’re heading for a cooling period before too long ... in which case we’ll be thanking our Developing World friends for their current anti-cooling efforts.

    http://www.warwickhughes.com/agri/pastandfuture.pdf

    Posted by Mike C on 2007 03 31 at 02:46 PM • permalink

  2. Why are we constantly sucking up to China (apart form a massive trade surplus, that is :) ). One thing I have been disappointed in Howard is that he has not spent enough time in India.  They play decent cricket, after all.  Oh, and someone told me once that unlike China, India is a democracy.

    Posted by entropy on 2007 03 31 at 06:08 PM • permalink

  3. Rudd’s just cementing himself in the ChiComs’ list of useful idiots.

    Posted by Young and Free on 2007 03 31 at 06:37 PM • permalink

  4. Just curious, do the Chinese routinely hire failed Aussie politicians as lobbyists like the Sauds do with failed American ones?

    Posted by PW on 2007 03 31 at 06:49 PM • permalink

  5. Little Kevvie Kow-tow is going to speak truthiness on power in Beijing

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 03 31 at 07:09 PM • permalink

  6. Peter Costello on ABC’s Insiders just now answering Barry Cassidy on Kevin Rudd’s China trip: “He’s not Marco Polo you know. He’s not the first man ever to go to China.”

    Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 31 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  7. “He’s not Marco Polo you know. He’s not the first man ever to go to China.”

    That’s not how Kevin Rudd remembers it…

    Posted by PW on 2007 03 31 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  8. Spot the politician! He’s the one making the useless gestures. If he was really interested in limiting greenhouse gases, he’d be in China working with industry on technologies that would save money and cut emissions. As always, these guys never put their money where their mouth is.

    And by the way, China is not the world’s fastest growing economy. Macau is.

    Posted by Hanyu on 2007 03 31 at 08:30 PM • permalink

  9. I like Brown’s convoluted interview on Insiders.  Even the lefty couch had to get stuck in to him.  They missed the big one though - Brown dismissed nuclear power as too dangerous because of what the likes of al Quaeda could do and next subject went on to defend AQ’s best known Australian operative.

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 03 31 at 08:31 PM • permalink

  10. Uhh…

    “Al Gore, producer of the climate change movie”

    Producer? I think not. But it’s certainly becoming an urban legend—along with the Academy Award that Al did not receive. The Oscar is awarded to the producer.

    Posted by Forbes on 2007 03 31 at 08:47 PM • permalink

  11. #5
    Kevni feather-bedding for a post political career appointment, wifey picking out the curtians yet?

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 03 31 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  12. Can someone explain to me how yesterday’s story about Rudd and his staff threatening and trying to censor newspaper staffers - “we’ll have 100 people ready to roll tomorrow morning to trash you and your paper” - has disappeared off the radar after 24 hours?

    Posted by C.L. on 2007 03 31 at 09:00 PM • permalink

  13. Kevni: Mr Premier, we’re coming to a fork-in-the-road on Climate Change ...

    Premier: Are you joining us in progressing our nation ... or not?

    Kevni: Thankyou, Mr Premier, I’ll advise my Party of your policy initiatives at my first convenience ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 03 31 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  14. #12, Kevvie’s glass jaw and media minders got a run on Insiders this morning. Is it possible the ABC has been brought low by an attack of balanced interviewing?

    Posted by mareeS on 2007 03 31 at 10:44 PM • permalink

  15. #14 simple really.While Journos are naturally supportive of Rudd because he is opposed to Howard, JUST LIKE THEM, true solidarity lies between the band of journalistic brothers.  Threaten a bro, and they will all be out to get you regardless of any other useful features.  (unless, of course, the journo was Andrew Bolt, but he aint a brother).

    Posted by entropy on 2007 03 31 at 11:17 PM • permalink

  16. #15
    Yup, human nature, Rudd’s a f*ckwit: hope he’s burnt his bridges-too-far ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 03 31 at 11:29 PM • permalink

  17. Didn’t Paul Keating once produce plans for the redevelopment of Berlin? He also had some serious ideas on how South-East Asia should be run. Must be a defect in Labor politicians because Gareth Evans also believed he should be the supreme ruler of earth.  Still does from his tedious appearances on BBC World News. Carr had more than a touch of megalomania, as did Whitlam. Funny, because they never quite got a grasp on how to the jobs they were elected to do here.

    Posted by Contrail on 2007 04 01 at 02:59 AM • permalink

  18. #9 Last night’s 9 news - “Kevin Rudd was embarrassed by comments from his invited (guestsperts) in which they insisted that ALL options, including NUCLEAR power sources should be on the table.”
    Last night’s ABC news - “and the discussions BARELY TOUCHED ON NUCLEAR POWER.” that was all folks.

    Posted by crash on 2007 04 01 at 04:45 AM • permalink

  19. Some guy from Queensland is going to set China straight:

    In a half hour he’ll have to set ‘em straight again.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 01 at 11:32 AM • permalink

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