The Australian Greens say the repeal of the price on pollution will be remembered as a monumental blunder in an era of dangerous climate change and a massive blow to Australian innovation, jobs and families. The Greens will now lead a campaign to restore genuine action on global warming.
"This is a tragic day for Australia and the planet but the Greens will lead the campaign to make the big polluters pay for global warming," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.
"History will judge Tony Abbott harshly for his denial of global warming and his undermining of Australia's effort to address it.
"Tony Abbott has said to the Australian people: you must pay for the costs of global warming - the big polluters will get off scot free.
"The repeal of the price on pollution is intergenerational theft. Tony Abbott has delivered a massive blow to jobs, a massive blow to clean solar and wind energy, and a massive blow to our kids and grandkids who will live on a planet permanently changed by global warming.
"My message to everyone who cares about global warming is to say: yes, this is a massive blow, but we don't have time to despair. The campaign to restore action on global warming starts now.
"Australians stand exposed to more extreme fires, floods, storms, and they risk losing their jobs and livelihoods because of global warming. But Tony Abbott has just torn down the cheapest and most effective way for Australia to reduce our pollution.
"Tearing down the clean energy laws will facilitate Tony Abbott's brutal budget. $18 billion has been torn out of the pockets of Australians and given back to Clive Palmer, Gina Rinehart and the big end of town.
"Everyone from our leading scientists, to expert economists and insurers keep telling us that the longer we take to bring down pollution the greater the costs will be in lives, jobs and precious natural places lost.
"The Greens will now lead a vigorous and focussed campaign to restore action on global warming," said Senator Milne.
"The resurgence in support for pricing pollution begins now. I will be taking a personal role in mobilising all Australians who care about global warming."