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Climate Change

Asked by the Guardian to comment on the Independent on Saturday story that almost all of the climate change proposals we put to the American President had been rejected, the PMOS replied that the Independent was wrong.

Asked by the Independent which part of its story was wrong, the PMOS replied that firstly this was not an occasion where we put concrete proposals to the US President. Secondly, in the press conference the President actually said that the US wanted to be part of the solution. The important thing was the approach that we made to the G8 Summit. We believed that the Americans wanted to approach that in a constructive way. And we believed that our conversations had taken us further forward. So if the Guardian reporter’s summary of the Independent story was accurate, then the Independent was wrong.

Put by the Guardian reporter that he had only read the front page that read "No, No, No", and that there was no need to buy the Independent, you just had to read the front page, the PMOS replied that if he wanted to give a running commentary on the Independent, then it was for him and the Independent to sort out. But without resisting the temptation to comment, the story was just simplistic nonsense.

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about reports that the Americans wanted to water down the draft communiqué ahead of the G8 Summit, the PMOS replied that unlike the Independent, the Guardian and the Standard, the Prime Minister had actually talked to President Bush about this. What we had to do was work towards the G8 Summit, work towards the goals of stabilising emissions, work towards getting a consensus, and as President Bush had said in the Rose Garden – he wanted to be part of the solution. We would not speak for the Americans in terms of detail, but the important thing was that we continued to push forward.

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