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Surge in global action highlights Australia’s stance on climate change

International action on climate change surged this week with General Motors announcing it will cease making petrol and diesel cars by 2035 and the United Nations secretary-general calling for wealthy nations to abandon coal and set net-zero emissions targets.

US President Joe Biden is putting climate change action front and centre of his administration.

US President Joe Biden is putting climate change action front and centre of his administration.Credit:AP

It followed the Biden administration announcing a slew of climate initiatives in the US, including executive orders to create a White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy and a National Climate Task Force, end fossil fuel subsidies, suspend oil and gas exploration on federal land, and place climate change at the “centre of our national security and foreign policy”.

The measures suggest the administration is determined to follow through on the ambitious climate agenda it laid out during the campaign.

Tennant Reed, the principal national adviser at the Australian Industry Group, the peak industry association, said “it is remarkable how much genuine investments of political capital, organisational effort and of personnel the Biden administration – and the Biden campaign before it – has made on climate”.

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