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Climate Change

Asked what the Prime Minister would be discussing with Governor Schwarzenegger, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) told assembled journalists that as people knew when the Prime Minister had met previously with the Governor of California last year, they had agreed to work together to fight climate change, and we had set in place trading mechanisms between California and the UK. With regards to tomorrow, they would meet in the morning, with a press conference to follow. After that, there would be a business leaders round table.

Put that the states were going much further than the White House on climate change, and did the Prime Minister still seem to reach an agreement through the state, rather than the White House, the PMOS said that what the journalist was ignoring totally was what President Bush said before the G8. What the President had said was that he was going to hold a conference of the twelve main emitters in the autumn. Everybody, bar the Independent, recognised that as a significant step forward, which it was. Therefore, what was important was that we recognised the progress that was being made, while also recognising that there was further progress to be made in the run up to Bali in December. However, as part of that, there was a changing public opinion and political opinion in the US towards the issue, and the Governor had played an important part in shaping that.

Asked if these talks would be the last bilaterals the Prime Minister would hold, the PMOS said that they would be.

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