Will dumping Australia’s climate-savvy prime minister help the climate?


Grist

In terms of climate policy, Australians face a choice between fairly good and downright evil in an upcoming federal election.

The face of evil belongs to climate skeptic Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition Liberal Party (which, in topsy-turvy Down Under fashion, is in fact conservative).

And the face of relative good is … in some disarray at the moment. Power brokers in the Labor Party, which narrowly holds power in the country, this week stripped the prime ministership away from Julia Gillard and handed it back to former leader Kevin Rudd. They believe this move will help them win the election, which is tentatively scheduled for September.

The stakes are high. Australia is among the world’s worst per-person contributors to climate change. The country is a huge producer of coal, exporting a lot and consuming a good bit itself. And it’s been suffering heavily from climate change in recent…

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One thought on “Will dumping Australia’s climate-savvy prime minister help the climate?

  1. Not everything in this article is correct. One example is the sandwich throwing men – in actual fact it was schoolchildren who threw the sandwiches when the former PM was out visiting schools. It would be more helpful and honest if reports were factual, as twisting the story to try and get it to fit into a certain direction doesn’t assist in establishing the primary purpose of what is trying to be achieved.

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