Australia to Ratify Kyoto, America Stands Alone
Prime Minister John Howard of Australia has gone down to electoral defeat [ark], and his successor Kevin Rudd [search] has committed to ratifying Kyoto during the campaign. Further, answering my own earlier question, Rudd is moving forward with Kyoto ratification already [ark]! This is great news for the Kyoto process [ark] as only the United States continues to stand alone, guilty and ashamed. The importance of getting Kyoto [search] fully ratified lies not in its rather meager goals, but rather in legitimizing the structures it has established in order to allow for their tightening to include all nations embracing mandatory emissions reductions based upon their historical, current and trending contribution to the problem. The change from Howard to Rudd, and the politics of climate policy in Australia, make for a good read [ark]. Rudd's impending ratification announcement at Bali will certainly bolster momentum for a successor deal to Kyoto. Maybe one of a magnitude to actually solve the problem. There is also perhaps an opportunity to revist the horrendous Tasmania pulp mill [search] approval given by the previous government.