Australia repeals climate sacrifice; who will be next?

07/28/2014
European response to Australia's abandonment of a carbon tax illuminates the impossibly narrow margin of political acceptability within which governments must work as they try to rearrange climate. "The European Union regrets the repeal of Australia's carbon—pricing mechanism just as new carbon—pricing initiatives are emerging all around the world," said Connie Hedegaard, the European Union's climate action commissioner. She called carbon pricing "the tool to make the economic paradigm shift the world needs." Might she have been using rejection of officially imposed hardship in Australia as cover for failure in the EU? Australia's parliament on July 17 became the first...
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