Australia’s Global Warming Dilemma

The commitment by Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to address climate change issues has been very well received at home and abroad. Indeed, not only was his presence at the Bali conference much appreciated by Indonesia and other developing countries, but his focus on the issue helped secure his sweeping victory in last month’s election against climate-change denier John Howard. There is surely a lesson there for politicians in the US still clinging to the coattails of the oil industry.

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