Australia's continued refusal to sign-on to the Kyoto agreement made the BBC
World news tonight, and it got me thinking.
After seeing An Inconvenient Truth, and learning that Australia
just doesn't rank when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, it's really a
moot point whether we get on board or not (but for the record, I think we
should anyway, to put more pressure on the US).
Beazley's taken the opportunity to say that if he got into office, he'd sign
the agreement. But here's the deal: there are coast-to-coast Labor
governments at the state-level. So what if Howard won't sign the agreement
at the Federal level? If every state independently decides to legislate such
that carbon emission levels are restricted to those of what the Kyoto
agreement would require, then Australia has in essence signed on to it,
whether Howard wants to or not.
So all Beazley has to do is show a bit of political will, and that the
states can tell the Federal government what to do. I'd like to see it