Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Singapore PM has a go at Howard's climate policies

There must be a great depth of feeling for the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, normally circumspect, to take a passing shot at the ex-Prime Minister, John Howard for his climate change recalcitrance.

He also gave the US a poke in the ribs.

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - who will meet Mr Rudd
later today for bilateral talks - took a veiled swipe at former
prime minister John Howard, as he described the challenge of
dealing with global warming as a "long and difficult process".

"It will need political support from the populations of our
countries, for we will face tough choices," Lee told the

"In Europe, climate change policy is already a major political

"In Australia, public pressure forced former prime minister John
Howard to change his government's stand after a severe decade-long

"Even in the US, attitudes are shifting."

The island nation of Palau had praise for Australia's move to
ratify Kyoto.

"I congratulate the new Australian Government and Prime Minister
Rudd for seeing the light," President Tommy Remengesau jnr

"Let us hope that the United States will not be far behind."

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