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Australia's repeal of its carbon laws is the culmination of some sorry chapters in Australian politics and policy, but is by no means the end of the story.The repeal represents a tragedy for Australian politics, a travesty for public policy and a train wreck for climate action. Despite this, a working and credible climate policy emerged.Despite winning the "world's first climate-change election" in late 2007, Kevin Rudd delayed legislating emissions trading. Given his relentless commitment to the Copenhagen climate negotiations, it is churlish to suggest he did not take climate action seriously. A government report calculated that two years of the carbon laws would reduce pollution by 40 million tons. Independent analysts predicted that annual default emission limits in the laws would see Australia reduce pollution by at least 15 percent by 2020, compared to 2000 levels.Now, Australia is left with a train wreck of climate action, without a policy framework that can credibly deliver the minimum 5 percent reductions off 2000 levels by 2020, let alone the up-to-25-percent that both major parties support.The repeal of a broad national policy now unfortunately necessitates greater regulation at all levels of government.While all political parties acknowledge the need for climate action, there are unavoidable human, economic, and political risks.
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