The clean energy bills passed through the senate today, bringing the carbon pricing package into law. The carbon price will take effect mid next year, and the federal opposition says that price rises will hit consumers hard. Activists pushing for action on climate change expressed muted optimism today, saying that the package is only a modest beginning to the challenge of slashing our emissions. They say we’ve taken a long time to get started on the task of doing our bit to help avoid dangerous climate change.

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