Finger-wagging lectures from Europe to other countries about the need to sign the Kyoto accord to reduce the greenhouse gas emission have recently hit a new target pitched by the European Commission (EC) - Australia. It a refreshing battle of words, the European environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said pride is the only reason the Howard government hasn't signed the Kyoto yet. There is much evidence on an impact of Kyoto accord. In fact, 12 EU leaders are likely to miss Kyoto targets by 2020 including Italy, Spain, Denmark and Portugal. John Howard, Australian Prime Minister, brilliantly revealed the EU way of climate change policy: do as we say, not as we do:
"Look to your own affairs, get your countries complying with the targets you've proclaimed. And can I also say to the Australian public, that we should be very wary of European lectures on this issue."
Toward Environmental Sustainability, EPA, NSW