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Australia climate wars flare as China and others make carbon vows

Asian net-zero goals, Biden's rise and domestic divisions pressure Morrison

Climate activists display banners in front of the Sydney Opera House as part of a "Fund Our Future Not Gas" rally in late September.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- It is the kiss of death for Australia's political class -- contributing to the demise of three prime ministers over the last 10 years. Now a fresh row is heating up over climate and energy policy, testing the leadership of the country's two main political parties.

The federal government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is pushing a "gas-led recovery" from the coronavirus pandemic. But it is also under increasing domestic and international pressure to adopt a net-zero emissions target following such moves across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the environment-minded Joe Biden's U.S. election victory.

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