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Last updated on July 13th, 2017 at 12:55 pm
Kevin Rudd on Kyoto, prior to his election:
If we got to a stage where commitments were refused by the developing world or developing countries, significant major emitters, we’d have to go back to the negotiating table … we believe it’s absolutely fundamental that such commitments are contained and that, for us, is a pre-condition.
The developing world seems inclined to reject those commitments, which would leave Kevni in an interesting position; China and India could provide him with a Kyoto escape clause.
UPDATE. As Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner point out, it doesn’t matter much whether Australia remains Kyotolian or not:
Support for “Kyoto” has become the test by which individuals and nations demonstrate whether they are for or against the planet and its poor.
Kevin Rudd’s Australian government just showed this. It will ratify the Protocol to show that it is serious about climate change. But Australia, like other countries already signed up to Kyoto, will produce no demonstrable reductions in emissions or even in anticipated emissions growth as a result of doing so.