Conservative Australian leader gets green during election year Australian Prime Minister John Howard has long been viewed as an implacable foe of environmentalists, scoffing at the Kyoto Protocol, supporting logging in old-growth forests, and declaiming his unwillingness to lose a single job or dollar of economic growth in the name of environmental protection. However, it's an election year in Australia, and opinion polls show that Green Party voters constitute 6 percent of the electorate, more than enough to sway the results. Thus Howard has discovered a heretofore unacknowledged love of all things green, competing with the opposition Labor Party to …
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