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Energy policy: The greening of politics

Calls from the UN for Australia and the US to play a full role in efforts to develop a new global climate agreement may be working, writes Ian Lewis

Australia is on the brink of a general election that, polls suggest, will bring to power the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP), whose campaign to oust the conservative coalition of long-serving prime minister and Kyoto-sceptic John Howard has been heavy on anti-climate change initiatives. Australia and the US are the only two large developed countries not to have signed the Kyoto Protocol, which seeks to establish worldwide mandatory caps on emissions of gases believed to contribute to global warming. This has led to accusations that both are protecting domestic industry heavily dependent on fossil fuels at the expense of the global environment; Australia is the developed world's larg

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