Keven Rudd sure doesn’t seem to be messing around. He’s been talking for a while about emphasizing three E’s while in office– Economy, Education and Environment. Only hours after getting into office, he has already ratified the Kyoto Protocol to limit greenhouse emissions. Since China and India wouldn’t have faced any limits, I can understand the previous government’s objections, but it’s still good news that Australia’s on board.

“Australia’s official declaration today that we will become a member of the Kyoto Protocol is a significant step forward in our country’s efforts to fight climate change domestically – and with the international community,” Mr Rudd said.

He said the Federal Government would do everything in its power to help Australia meet its Kyoto obligations, including setting a target to reduce emissions by 60 per cent on 2000 levels by 2050.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Australia Ratifies Kyoto Protocol
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