Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is terrible on climate change. He has gutted his country’s historic cap-and-trade carbon pricing system, has called climate science “crap,” and has spoken out against strong international action to fight global warming. He praises coal as “good for humanity.”
But there might soon be good news for critics of Abbott’s climate policies: It looks like Australia’s skeptic-in-chief could be coming to the end of the road as prime minister. Members of his party are plotting to dump him, and while it’s still far from certain if the current leadership crisis will ultimately result in his downfall, one thing is clear: The climate would find a much better friend among his potential replacements.