Nov 10, 2006

Winds of Change in US Catch Howard Out

Winds of Change in US Catch Howard Out

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

10 November 2006

The imminent election of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the US House of Representatives is great news for people concerned about climate change.

Congresswoman Pelosi has identified climate change as one of the top items on her legislative to do list. She supports the Kyoto Protocol and emissions trading.

When the Kyoto Protocol came into force in February 2005, Congresswoman Pelosi described the Kyoto Protocol as “a significant and long-awaited first step toward stemming global warming”. She slammed the Bush/Howard approach, stating:

“the Bush Administration is clinging to the role of world obstructionist. In defiance of the overwhelming evidence of global warming, the Bush Administration has rejected the Kyoto Protocol and international cooperation.”

Congresswoman Pelosi has also described Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth as “a wake-up call and a call to action”.

The views of the next US Speaker contrast sharply with those of the Howard Government, which remains frozen in time while the world warms around it.

The Prime Minister remains “sceptical about a lot of the more gloomy predictions” of climate change, even though we’re facing the worst drought in 1000 years.

The Industry Minister described An Inconvenient Truth as “just entertainment, and really that’s all it is”.

The Howard Government has been left behind by the rest of the world in tackling climate change.

Labor is Australia’s Future Party, committed to ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, substantially increasing the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target, cutting greenhouse pollution by 60% by 2050 and establishing a national emissions trading scheme.

Labor looks forward to working with the new US Congress in taking strong action to avoid dangerous climate change.

NOTE: Anthony Albanese will be leaving tomorrow for the UN Climate Change summit in Nairobi as part of the Australian delegation.