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Tony Abbott brings Australia a step backwards on climate change

In a startling move on July 17th, Australia eliminated its carbon tax policy. The Australian senate voted 39 to 32 to repeal the carbon tax on major Australian polluters. The tax had risen up to 25 dollars per metric ton of carbon dioxide. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had made a campaign promise to eliminate the tax. The carbon tax had been highly controversial with the Australian electorate. Australia relies heavily on fossil fuels to the extent that it is one of the world’s highest per capita carbon emitters.

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