Tony Abbott, Australia’s new climate-denying prime minister, is wasting no time in driving the country backwards on environmental policy — in a metaphorical diesel-chugging logging truck.
But his draconian climate policies don’t appear to be as popular with big business as he’d hoped, and a climate advisory body he tried to kill may come back even stronger, thanks to some of his more enlightened countrymen and women.
Within his first few weeks on the job, Abbott scrapped top-level ministerial jobs that separately oversaw science and climate change policy and dismantled a government climate change commission. He wants to remove some of the world’s tallest forests from the list of World Heritage areas, potentially opening up hundreds of thousands of pristine acres for mining and logging. And he has promised to eradicate the country’s carbon tax.
Amid this carnage, horrified Aussies have begun donating to fund the Climate Commission to…
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