The new government in Australia announces a change with the past by saying it will sign Kyoto promptly.
The real question is what will the government do to cut carbon output? We have several countries in the EU who signed up to Kyoto, but whose carbon output has been rising.
Gestures are easy – takign action which people will accept that will change people’s behaviour to burn less fuel is much more difficult. Is the new PM going the usual labour rotue of higher taxes and more regulations to try to get carbon output down? Or will he try the Conservative way, of offering incentives for greener behaviour? Or maybe he is just wanting to pose as a green, with no serious intention of doing anything. Wheh we know which way he is really going we will be able to come to a view on whether he is making a good or a bad difference.