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Climate Change

Asked if we recognised anything in today’s Guardian story on a 5-point climate change plan, the PMOS replied that it was no secret that the EU had agreed its targets, and its goal. Therefore what we were looking for was consensus on the way forward internationally. As he said yesterday, the EU on its own could not deliver on climate change. The whole point was that post Kyoto we were looking for a consensus that not only involved the United States, but also India and China. This was the only guaranteed way in which we could make the necessary progress.

Asked if we were looking at non-binding targets for India and China, the PMOS replied that the important thing was not to pre-empt the outcome of the G8, but to work towards our own genuine consensus.

Asked if the Prime Minister was hoping to persuade President Bush of anything on climate change later this week, the PMOS replied that climate change would be an important part of discussions, and that was always going to be the case. The EU Summit agreement had given new impetus to the European position, but clearly the other major players would be represented at the G8 at June, and the US was one of those, along with India & China and the other developing countries.

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that a federal US position was achievable or would state by state be acceptable, the PMOS replied that he would not give a running commentary on American politics. But it was important that any consensus should include the US as a whole.

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