Oil production

Today Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Prime Minister, called for the G8 nations to “apply a blowtorch to OPEC” to increase oil production. While I agree that we should apply diplomatic pressure to OPEC to up supply, I find this to be a bit of a contradiction, given that Rudd recently signed the Kyoto Protocol on Australia’s behalf and tries to present himself as someone who’s serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. You can’t have it both ways – if oil production increases, so too must greenhouse gas emissions.

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