Saturday, January 27, 2007

Australian of the Year slams Aussie climate change policy

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"The scientist whom Prime Minister John Howard officially named as Australian of the year on Friday accepted the honor but immediately accused the government of dragging its heels on climate change.

"Tim Flannery was awarded the title on the national holiday Australia Day, for his contribution to the country's understanding of environmental issues such as global warming.

"But Flannery said Howard was a major part of the problem because his government refused to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which caps carbon dioxide emissions for industrialized nations.

"'There's no doubt this government has been dragging the chain,' Flannery told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio Friday. 'I've said in the past that Australia has been the worst of the worst in terms of addressing climate change, but I'm hopeful that we'll see ... some movement.'"
International Herald-Tribune

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