Responding to President Obama's new and more ambitious climate policy, the Greens say Australia is being leapfrogged by the US when it comes to taking action to reduce carbon pollution, because of Tony Abbott's last century and anti-science policy to abolish the price on pollution.
"President Obama has shown up the Prime Minister as completely out of step on global warming. Barrack is moving forward but Tony is stuck in reverse," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.
"With the Chinese moving to a national emissions trading regime in 2018 and President Obama revving up action on global warming in the US, Tony Abbott is about to abandon the very policy the rest of the world is now reaching for - a price on pollution.
"The Abbott government must now abandon plans to repeal our emissions trading scheme.
"President Obama said recently he refuses to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing but that's exactly what Tony Abbott is doing. It is nothing short of intergenerational theft.
"Tony Abbott can no longer claim that the rest of the world is not acting. The Chinese are acting, the Europeans have acted, and now the US is coming out strongly to reduce carbon pollution."
The latest world bank figures show that a quarter of global emissions are covered by carbon pricing in 39 national jurisdictions and 23 sub-national jurisdictions - http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/05/28/state-trends-report-...