In what may have been the only way to confidently convince Australia’s leadership that they were taking a dramatically wrong turn on environmental and energy policy, global opinion has turned against the country at a time when the climate talks in Lima, Peru, have kept such issues at the top of everyone’s minds.
Tracking the imbecilic policy decisions of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government through CleanTechnica archives should be easy — simply search for the word “Tony Abbott” and you’ll find yourself confronted with coverage of bad decision after bad decision.
Such decisions — which include scrapping Australia’s carbon tax, backing coal at the cost of all else, and attempting to reduce or scrap entirely the country’s renewable energy target — have led leaders and analysts the world over to condemn the country’s path.
In October, the latest Global Green Economy Index was published by analytics company Dual Citizen, listing Australia as being 11th in “perceived” climate leadership, but 37th in actual “performance” rankings.
And just in time for the UN climate talks in Lima, think-tank Germanwatch in conjunction with the Climate Action Network Europe released their Climate Change Performance Index, which ranked Australia last (60th) of all industrialised countries.
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