Gore Hits Australian PM for Climate Stance

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends a bushfire briefing.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Oct. 23, 2013, 3:18 a.m.

Aus­trali­an Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott swept in­to of­fice with a plan to scrap that na­tion’s car­bon tax, but with massive bush­fires threat­en­ing the coun­try, Al Gore says it’s time for Ab­bott to start ac­know­ledging the dangers of cli­mate change.

“It re­minds me of politi­cians here in the United States who got a lot of sup­port from the to­bacco com­pan­ies and who ar­gued to the pub­lic that there was ab­so­lutely no con­nec­tion between smoking ci­gar­ettes and lung can­cer,” said Gore, ac­cord­ing to the Sydney Morn­ing Her­ald. “The mean­ing­ful way to solve this crisis is to put a price on car­bon. And in Aus­tralia’s case to keep a price on car­bon.”

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