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Howard, Gore & Kyoto October 14, 2007

Posted by shell in PROCESS JOURNAL.
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So… Howard has seen an inconvenient truth… interesting.
Still no signs of ratifying Kyoto though….

Howard cool on Gore’s big prize

Frank Walker
October 14, 2007

PRIME Minister John Howard yesterday dismissed the significance of Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work highlighting climate change, declaring that no one had a monopoly on wisdom.

Mr Howard congratulated Mr Gore on winning the prize but said it would not make him rethink his refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol.

“The point has to be made that nobody has a monopoly of wisdom on this subject,” Mr Howard said.

“It is very important when you are dealing with something like the environment not to get carried away with any one individual. Everyone makes mistakes, and there is a danger that we create an aura around individuals that is not deserved,” he said.

He refused to say whether he thought Mr Gore deserved the prestigious award, but said he watched Mr Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth several months ago.

“There were some parts of it I thought were impressive and other parts I didn’t think were so impressive,” Mr Howard said. “Like all of these things, the real truth lies somewhere in the middle.

“I don’t think the world will come to an end tomorrow because of climate change, but I do believe the climate is changing and I do believe mankind has made a contribution.

“We have to take sensible steps that don’t damage our economy. I am not going to commit Australia to things that put us at a competitive disadvantage.”

Mr Howard was speaking in Sydney’s Meadowbank, part of his Bennelong electorate, which he holds by a margin of just 4.1 per cent over Labor candidate Maxine McKew. He announced he would fund a $1.4 million stormwater recycling project for parks in Meadowbank and Ryde.

He refused to say when he would call the election, with rumours rife that it will be today. If not, parliament is due to sit this week.

With opinion polls showing the Government is heading for a landslide loss, Mr Howard has nothing to lose in using a last week of Parliament to try and trip up Labor leader Kevin Rudd.

But yesterday Mr Rudd had Mr Howard on the back foot when he announced Labor would fund a $50 million cancer research project at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

“I welcome Mr Rudd’s commitment to cancer research,” Mr Howard said, adding that the Government had invested heavily in cancer research and he would make more commitments in the weeks ahead.

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/13/1191696241395.html

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