U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding the Australian government's decision to repeal a tax on carbon emissions.

"What Prime Minister Abbott has done is show true leadership. It is painfully obvious what a disastrous effect carbon constraining policies can have, and our European allies are the prime example. Australia's carbon tax was certain to provide all pain and no gain for their economy," said Vitter. "As EPA and the Obama Administration attempt to force a thinly-veiled carbon tax on the American people, they could really learn something here - that the increased unemployment and skyrocketing electricity prices don't outweigh the insignificant reduction in carbon emissions."

Vitter has been pushing the Administration to back down from continuing to pursue carbon policies that have been failing in Europe and around the world. Click here to read more.