U.S. ambassador to Australia urges to resist delay on climate action

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The U.S. ambassador to Australia on Wednesday spoke of the need to resist delay on climate change action, and the benefits of a carbon price, as the issue heats up in the Australian election campaign.

The Labor Party has not released its climate policy and the Liberals have released a policy, but it excluded a carbon price.

U.S. ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich said a major challenge for the world was "resisting delay" on actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He pledged the U.S. would introduce a price on carbon, either through an emissions trading scheme (ETS), a carbon tax, or regulations.

"There's one thing clear, and that is in the United States, one way or another, we're going to find a price for carbon," Bleich told a conference of young scientists from around the world at a Canberra space observatory.

"We're doing this, and every other nation is going to have to step up if they're going to be able to stay competitive in the new global economy."

The U.S. is the world's largest economy and one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.

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