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Australia Finally Gets Its Decisive Climate Change Election

Pro-climate action parties and independents won big, with incoming prime minister Anthony Albanese vowing the country will become a “renewable energy superpower.”

Anthony Albanese, leader of the Labor Party, second left, on stage with his partner Jodie Haydon, second right, his son Nathan Albanese, right, and Penny Wong, Australia's shadow foreign minister, on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Anthony Albanese, leader of the Labor Party, second left, on stage with his partner Jodie Haydon, second right, his son Nathan Albanese, right, and Penny Wong, Australia's shadow foreign minister, on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Australians voted in a new government that has vowed to end decades of inaction by one of the world’s highest per capita emitters. Now the fight is about just how quickly to make up for lost time.

“Together we can end the climate wars,” Anthony Albanese, whose Labor Party will take power for the first time in nearly a decade, declared in his victory speech on Saturday. “Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.”