People who have been following Australia’s tortured climate change policy debate for a long time could be forgiven for wondering whether the whole area is cursed.
|Protesters demonstrate in front of the White House after|
the US president, Donald Trump, announced his decision
to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
Just when it looks like there could be a prospect of progress, an obstacle emerges. In this case, the obstacle is Donald Trump, who by withdrawing from the Paris climate accord has turned America from leader of the free world into free rider.
The US president’s willingness to surrender global leadership on important issues is, from this distance, truly unfathomable. Even his withdrawal patter on Friday morning was pathetic. America was out, but would come back in if it could get a better deal. America was out, but possibly back in, because the citizens of Pittsburgh apparently don’t care about climate change.
Read Katharine Murphy’s story on The Guardian - “As the US stumbles on the Paris accord, Turnbull must step up for the future.”