Australian prime minister announces greener policies

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has further distanced himself from the man he replaced by announcing a new fund to promote clean energy innovation as the country heads toward a likely early election in July.

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull announced the 1 billion Australian dollar ($760 million) Clean Energy Innovation Fund on Wednesday after his predecessor Tony Abbott accused him this week of seeking re-election on the Abbott government's record.

Among Abbott's greatest achievements of his two years in power was repealing a carbon tax that had been paid by the worst industrial polluters.

Turnbull, who has long advocated that polluters should pay for their carbon emissions, also announced the center-right government's support for two agencies that finance and promote clean energy in Australia, which Abbott had vowed to abolish.