Australia’s Newfound Climate Ambitions Ignore an Inconvenient Truth

A train loaded with coal passes near the Liddell and Bayswater coal-powered thermal power station near Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, Australia, Nov. 2, 2021 (AP photo by Mark Baker).

In May 2022, Australia’s Labor Party swept back to power with promises to get down to the business of modern climate leadership, and they’ve largely followed through on that promise. But the Labor Party faces an even more daunting challenge in its bid for global climate leadership: Australia is a major fossil fuel exporter.

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