Australia PM flip-flops over key climate policy

Aug 20, 2018, 7:24 AM EDT
(Source: CEBIT AUSTRALIA/flickr)
(Source: CEBIT AUSTRALIA/flickr)

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, facing strong resistance from conservative members of his own party, caved in to the calls to scrap the plans to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, a key part of his climate policy.

Australia, however, stopped short of replicating the U.S. move to renege from the global climate accord and instead, dropped the provisions from its National Energy Guarantee plan that would have required it to curb emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, notes Reuters.

Implementing climate and energy policies to reduce emissions has been a nemesis for successive Australian governments, with former Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard suffering “enormous damage,” reports The Guardian.