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Palmer steps in to Australian climate change debate

Politician Clive Palmer stepped in to oppose the government's plans

The Australian government’s plan to overturn environmental polices tackling climate change is in chaos after a surprise intervention by mining magnate-turned-politician Clive Palmer. Palmer, until very recently a fervent climate sceptic and promoter of a huge coal mine, was flanked by former US vice-president and climate change campaigner Al Gore, when he said that his Palmer Unity Party (PUP), which will hold the balance of power when the new Senate sits in July, would oppose the abolition of two Australian environmental agencies, as well as the removal of renewable energy targets.  The PUP’s three senators, together with another independent senator who has formed an alliance with Palmer,

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