Malcolm Turnbull: Under-pressure Australia PM drops climate policy.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government has abandoned plans to line an emissions reduction target in legislation.
Mr. Turnbull’s U-turn alters a key plank of his signature energy policy and follows a revolt by conservative MPs within his government.
It comes amid media reports that Mr. Turnbull may face a leadership challenge if the issue isn’t resolved.
Mr. Turnbull said the climate policy was not supported by all of his colleagues.
“In politics, you have to focus on what you can deliver,” Mr. Turnbull told reporters on Monday.
The original commitment would have set in legislation Australia’s pledge for a 26% cut in emissions, based on 2005 levels, by 2030.
Australia remains on track to meet its Paris climate accord commitments, despite the change in policy.