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Los Angeles Times labels APEC a “festival of fakery” and anti-Kyoto grandstanding

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

John Howard may have talked up his Sydney Declaration but a leading US newspaper has attacked the APEC climate change plan as “vague” and “useless for anything but padding a fading prime minister’s environmental resume,” reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.9).

Editiorial slams political theatrics: In its stinging editorial, The Los Angeles Times also labelled APEC as a “festival of fakery”. The paper accused the world leaders attending the Sydney event of talking “a good game on climate change but it amounts to little more than theatre”. “And the nominees for best actor at an international summit are: President George W. Bush, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Australian Prime Minister John Howard,” the editorial began. “All are giving compelling performances in Sydney this week in the against-type role of leaders who give a fig about global warming.”

The Australian, 10/9/2007, p. 9

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