Cory Barnardi, a Liberal Party senator from South Australia, is in Washington for meetings with some stateside conservative groups. (The Liberal Party in that country is the conservative opposition to the ruling Australian Labor Party.) I talked with him briefly and asked about the impact of the House vote on cap-and-trade legislation back in Australia. The prospects for a climate bill had stalled out, but then the U.S. House moved on cap-and-trade and the ball began rolling again.
“It’s a problem,” said Bernardi. The Labor Party’s principles on climate change, he explained, call for a vote if and after the United States passes its own bill. There is a movement afoot to change that, he said, but it’s not changed yet.
And if the U.S. Senate passed a climate change bill? “That would make things more difficult.”