In July the Deputy Chief
of Mission of the Australian Embassy in Washington gave a speech
to a Competitive
Enterprise Institute conference
Costs of Kyoto where he claimed
Australian business was strongly behind their government's stance in opposing
uniform greenhouse emission targets for industrialised countries. Also
speaking at the conference was Patrick
Michaels, contrarian Wilfred
Beckerman from Oxford University and others who gave reasons for not agreeing
to emissions reductions at Kyoto.
In August the Frontiers
of Freedom Institute, a conservative
corporate funded US think tank organised a conference in Canberra in
conjunction with the Australian
APEC Study Centre. The
conference, entitled Countdown
to Kyoto, was organised, according
to the Australian, to "bolster support" for the Government's increasingly
isolated position on global warming in preparation for the Kyoto conference.
US Senator Chuck Hagel, who co-sponsored the Senate resolution on a
treaty agreement in Kyoto, was a speaker as was US Congressman John
Dingell. Other speakers included the Chairman of Australian multinational
BHP and the Director of the think tank, the Tasman Institute.
Wallop, who heads the Frontiers
of Freedom Institute, chaired the conference with Hugh Morgan, the head
of Western Mining. Wallop was a US Senator for 18 years who boasts of
his achievements in promoting SDI and opposing welfare, progressive
taxation, Social Security, and government funding for higher education.
Wallop said in a letter to US conservative groups: "This conference
in Australia is the first shot across the bow of those who expect to
champion the Kyoto Treaty." He also stated that the conference would
"offer world leaders the tools to break with the Kyoto Treaty." The
conference was opened by Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer
who argued that tough emission reduction targets could put 90,000 jobs
at risk in Australia and cost more than $150 million.
argued at the Countdown to Kyoto conference that the science to support
"expensive and potentially disruptive policy to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions...is sorely lacking." Michaels also gave the good news about
global warming to a global warming seminar organised by the Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, when he recently visited
Australia. He has travelled the world on behalf of anti-climate treaty
interests. In October he attended a conference similar to Canberra's
Countdown on Kyoto in Vancouver organised by the conservative think
tank, The Fraser Institute. Also attending this conference was Robert
to Kyoto Conference Papers
Fischer, Tim, Deputy Prime Minister,
opening Countdown to Kyoto conference
Hogarth, Murray, 1997, 'Why our
stand on climate change is doomed', Sydney Morning Herald,
Lunn, Stephen, 1997, 'Defy greenhouse
bullying: ex-senator', The Australian, 20th August.
'"Confusionists" Gather in Vancouver',
Greenpeace Press Release, 29 October 1997.