Last week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made good on his promise to repeal the country’s carbon tax. The move came after years of contentious political debate, which saw support of the tax slip away in the wake of the 2008 financial crash. Many politicians and business leaders made the argument that the tax made it too hard for Australian industries to compete with international competition.
This is a landmark moment in the history of Australia’s sustainability movement. The country, which is the second largest per capita carbon emitter among G20 nations (above the United States), will now undoubtedly struggle to meet its ambitious carbon reduction goals.