Australia Ratifies the Kyoto Protocol!

by , 12/05/07

kyoto protocol, kyoto, climate change, global warming, kevin rudd, labour, australia

America, you are on notice! Following the landslide election here in Australia held just last week, the new Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Kevin Rudd ratified the Kyoto Protocol as his first act as leader of the country. This leaves the United States as the sole country that has not ratified this global treaty.

Rudd also announced that, unfortunately, Australia will very likely not be able to meet the commitments that the treaty sets for this country. It is believed that Australia will overshoot the targets by almost 1%. However, he did mention that the country remains committed to try and achieve this goal and will accept the penalties imposed by the protocol. With this ratification, Australia will now be accepted as a member by the end of March 2008.

The news coincided with the start of the post-Kyoto talks in Bali. While Australians have one of the highest emissions per capita in the world, the total emissions from the country remains relatively small compared to larger emitters. However, the country’s ratification of the treaty puts pressure on the United States to finally sign the Kyoto Protocol. Furthermore, it signals to the world that Australia is now ready to work with everyone to achieve the goal of curbing emissions worldwide.

“Australia’s official declaration today that we will become a member of the Kyoto Protocol is a significant step forward in our country’s efforts to fight climate change domestically and with the international community,” Rudd said in a statement.

+ Rudd signs Kyoto ratification document

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  1. andrew23 April 23, 2008 at 8:27 am

    we are not perfect as the united states of america but why would we sign a protocol that has many fundamental
    flaws? Faulty science, unrealistic targets that many including austrailia can not meet,all of the objectives are set on carbon dioxide why not the other green house gasses? we as the united states are not ready nor never will be ready to weaken this country to a competitive disadvantage.
    Sincerly Andrew Winters

  2. Altissima December 19, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    For many of us in Australia, Christmas came early this year – November 24th when the government changed. Yay!
    Pleases note that the correct spelling is Australian Labor Party (no “u’ in Labor)

  3. Anonymous Liberal December 13, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    How many more days with King George? Seriously, this guy believes the world is flat. What do we care about people who have already fallen off the edge? Isn’t that where all the pollution goes as well?

  4. Kyle December 7, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    you guys really think that an elected official is what makes the difference??? Whether George Bush is president or Al Gore, or Curious George, America would still use 25% of the world’s energy. The kioto treaty was REJECTED during Clinton’s term by a staggering 94-0-1 vote in the Congress. why?…because the kioto treaty dog piles on the United States. If we signed it, not only would all of the billions of dollars spent on research and economic analysis go to a complete waste, but our economy, and therefore half the world’s economy would plunge into SEVERE depression. That means MILLIONS of people lose their jobs and cant get them back. Its in everyone’s best interest, including everyone you guys disagree with, to go ‘green.’ Its just good business, and it wont be long before it becomes GREAT business. It hasnt taken technology long to take root in key locations throughout the country. There is a ton of momentum built up in America already, and the ball is starting to roll downhill faster and faster and faster. There is still a lot of work to be done though, so press on, and for God’s sake dont impede the momentum.

  5. Wesley Cole December 6, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Congratulations to Australia and its leaders and the people who pushed for them to sign. Unfortunately in America we still have King Bush who will not sign because he believes he has a better plan. Of course he is usually arrogant and thinks his plan is better than the rest of the world. So, it is unlikely until he is impeached or voted out that anything will change. Luckily I live in California which is the leading state to push for green and with the help of other states and many citizens are keeping the fire lit under this pitiful excuse for a President.

  6. Mr Clicky December 5, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Nick – please be assured that Howard was a total idiot up close too.

  7. Joni December 5, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to put a former rock star in charge of Environmental affairs 😉
    Who does America have to compare to Peter Garret?
    Perry Farrell?

  8. Warren Brooke December 5, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Alas, Canada recently changed governments as well, only we went the opposite way than Australia did. While Canada is still a signatory to the Kyoto protocol, the Harper’s Conservative government has no intention of trying to meet our obligations under the agreement. The Conservative environment minister, John Baird, is now in Bali trying to derail proceedings. Canada is currently mired in a sentiment of “I will if you will” with America, China and India. But this puts us in the unfortunate position that we won’t do anything unless everyone is at the table. We cannot move forward with resistive politics like this. I encourage everyone who reads this to send a letter to John Baird to urge the government to honour Canada’s commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

    Warren Brooke

  9. Irving Reid December 5, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Of course, just ratifying Kyoto isn’t quite enough. A previous Canadian government ratified Kyoto, but the current administration has no intention of actually meeting our commitments.

  10. Nick Simpson December 5, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Great to hear – Howard(?) always came across as a total idiot from a distance, no idea what he was like day-to-day.

    As for the US, I’m not holding my breath… What would really upset me (along with the rest of the world) is if they try to derail things in Bali… If the US won’t join, neither will China, Brazil, India, Indonesia etc… At which point we’re in serious, serious trouble (if we aren’t already, which I believe we are)…

  11. Dustin Brewer December 5, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Good job Rudd, global warming is a damn serious issue. Bush needs to get impeached so the United States can move forward.

  12. christina December 5, 2007 at 9:30 am

    it’s better than nothing, but i believe we still head the obstructionists, apparently known as the umbrella group. i read about it here:

  13. Alex December 5, 2007 at 5:02 am



  14. Mr Clicky December 5, 2007 at 3:31 am

    Aaah, after 11 looong years with the previous Government it’s good to be an Australian again!

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