Obama ends Abbott’s coal comfort

While President Obama tugs at our heartstrings with the Great Barrier Reef, Prime Minister Abbott still expects voters to get gooey-eyed about coal.

Emotion is a big part of the debate over climate change action, and those advocating stricter emission controls use it as much as those who do not.

The former talk of droughts, bushfires, and islands disappearing beneath the waves, while the latter talk about collapsing businesses, third world poverty and ‘$100 lamb roasts’.

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