The probe delves into the dark corners of an industry that’s under mounting pressure from investors, governments and society to address its impacts on the wider environment.
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At stake is the policy of a nation that is a potential renewable-energy superpower but still gets 70% of its electricity and about a quarter of its exports from fossil fuels.
The agreement, which will be the first of its type for Japan other than with the United States, could further inflame tensions with China.
The spat represents the fallout from the AUKUS accord and doubts about Australian leadership ahead of upcoming elections.
Morrison said in an interview Tuesday that a jump in cases was not a reason to delay reopening.
The prime minister is facing flak over a tardy vaccination rollout that has exposed vulnerable populations as the virus spreads from Sydney to threaten more remote outback areas.
The situation is putting Australia — which had driven locally acquired cases to zero just a few months ago — in the worst of both worlds.
A slow vaccine rollout has left the country exposed to outbreaks as newer, more virulent strains slip through border curbs.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s balancing act of keeping Australians safe and the economy open is becoming increasingly precarious as the outbreak worsens.
After having his political judgment questioned, Morrison will attempt to reset the narrative by highlighting his economic stewardship through the pandemic.