PM Cancels Climate Policy to Pay for Floods
Until a year ago, Australia was in the thick of one of its longest-ever droughts, which looked semi-permanent and was widely linked with climate change. When the drought broke, a skeptical chorus of "I-told-you-so" rebuttal arose.
After the rain began and kept coming, however, the excessive wetness deflated the chorus. "And so the noise has lessened," O'Brien said.
But, when the flooding finally fizzled out, O'Brien added, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard canceled almost all climate change mitigation measures in place to pay for flood damage reconstruction. He said it's a "bizarre" move for a government that came to power amid severe drought, on the back of promises to address climate change.
The managing director of the clean energy fund , Geoff Evison, echoed O'Brien.
"There is a cruel irony that to pay for the damage caused by the floods, the government plans to cut spending on renewable energy programs which will reduce the effects of climate change," Evison said.