March 02, 2010

By Jennifer Cassel

On April 27, 2010, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that implementation of the country’s carbon trading program, which would cap the amount of carbon dioxide that polluters could emit and require those emitters which exceeded the cap to purchase trading permits, would be delayed until at least 2013. The Prime Minister stated that the reason for the delay is that the controversial program lost the support of the Liberal Party, and could not garner enough votes to pass this year for Rudd’s planned start date of July 2011. Opposition lawmakers, in contrast, claim that Rudd pulled the plug on the program because he was afraid he would lose votes in an expected election this year.

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