“Today is a significant day for Australians and the Australians of the future who want to see a better environment.”
Prime Minister Julia Gillard before her carbon tax proposal narrowly passed through Australia’s Lower House. The vote was 74 to 72
“We can repeal the tax, we will repeal the tax, we must repeal the tax. This is a pledge in blood. This tax will go.”
Opposition Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott on Gillard’s carbon tax
“It is paradoxical that new opportunities are opening for our nations at the same time we understand that the threat of carbon emissions have become imminent.”
Iceland’s president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, commenting that the extent of the ice melt in the Arctic Ocean now makes it a regular shipping route.
“The Arctic is the short-cut between the largest markets of Europe and the Asia-pacific region. It is an excellent opportunity to optimise costs.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia