Australia: Big brother, deputy sheriff or responsible neighbour?

(FoE Australia, 19 June 2006) In terms of directly funding global warming through its aid program, Australia is playing an especially poor game: we have greatly reduced our funding for renewable energy programs in our aid program in recent years, while EFIC - the Australia Export Credit Agency - has backed fossil fuels over renewables at a rate of 100:1 over the past decade. Clean coal exports continue to be a high profile element of our stated support for helping nations build their energy production capacity yet lock developing nations into high greenhouse emissions scenarios.