GAME, SET AND MATCH?
August 16, 2005
With a new pact in hand, the United States and Australian governments now appear to have a firm grasp on climate change policy, says professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University.
The new climate pact between the United States, Australia, South Korea, Japan, India and China will be known as the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. This initiative, led by the United States, will aim to use the latest technologies to limit emissions and to make sure technologies are available to the industries that need them most.
Carter outlines the implications of the new climate initiative:
- Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, developing new technology will make a genuine difference, irrespective of whether future temperatures go up, down or remain the same; furthermore, technology can be used to clean many things more important than the greatly over-hyped pseudo-problem of carbon dioxide emissions.
- Using technology to improve efficiency of energy generation and usage, and to reduce dangerous emissions, is a classic "no regrets" policy; moreover, new technologies are already emerging, driven by public opinion and market forces.
- Lastly, the new Pacific climate accord finesses the European Union, whose members, together with Canada and New Zealand, are locked into the ineffectual and costly Kyoto.
Carter says an accord to develop new technology for improving the efficiency and cleanliness of energy generation satisfies at one stroke three imperatives of Australian national interest. First, he says, it cements ties with the United States. Second, it strengthens ties with the three most economically important Asian countries. And third, it will go far to counter the pressure the Australian government has been under since declining Kyoto, says Carter.
Source: Bob Carter, "Game, Set and Match?" Tech Central Station, August 5, 2005.
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