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Thursday, August 6, 2009

If you ask the same question enough times…

… you'll eventually get the correct answer. Someone high up (either in government or at the ABC) wasn't particularly happy with Yvo de Boer's comment last week about it not making the slightest bit of difference whether the Australian ETS was in place before Copenhagen. Can't possibly have that, they thought. So they promptly asked the question again, and no doubt gave a few subtle hints ("Hey, Yvo, we're in a bit of a tricky spot with our ETS, everyone hates it, and to be honest, that comment of yours last week didn't help a whole lot either. D'ya think you could rephrase that answer a bit?"), and as if by magic, a story appears:
Australia will undoubtedly benefit from having its emissions trading scheme in place before the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen, the head of the UN's climate change agency says.

Although Yvo de Boer conceded last week it wouldn't matter if Australia arrived at the global talks with its scheme in place, he clarified on Thursday it also wouldn't hurt.

"That's clearly going to give you a much stronger position in that process," he told ABC Radio.

Phew, we knew it all along, didn't we?

Read it here.

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