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Australia Has New Leadership and New Tack on Global Warming

In a development expected for months, Australia's Labor Party won the national parliamentary elections and will install Kevin Rudd as the new Prime Minister.  Rudd has been vocal about getting Australia into a much higher gear in dealing with climate change.  Here's the story from AP:  Rudd makes global warming a priority.  Labor has ambitious plans for Climate Change & Environment, including a 20% renewable energy standard by 2020.  The likely new environment minister will be Peter Garrett, the frontman of the activist band Midnight Oil.

I wrote about Australia's retrograde stance under outgoing PM John Howard at my post, APEC, in September.  It seems to me highly significant that Kevin Rudd is also a China specialist, having served in Beijing as an Australian diplomat, and speaks the language, and will therefore be positioned to help bring China along in the next few years on what it needs to do to address climate change.  Good on ya, Kevin!



Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

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