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Climate Change

Asked if we were trying to talk up divisions within businesses to deal with climate change, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister had been saying for quite some time that we believed that there should be an overall stabilisation goal agreed, and that should be agreed internationally, as it did not mean anything, otherwise. The Prime Minister thought that was important because certainty needed to be given to industry, so that it knew that if it invested in R&D and climate change, then it would get a return. We were in precise agreement that there did need to be a strong signal to industry in the form of our stabilisation goal, which was both of benefit to the environment, but also gave the rights to industry.

Asked if that applied to the nuclear industry, the PMOS said that in terms of nuclear issues, it was an important part of the energy review, and in terms of this country, that would be what would determine our policy on this issue. Again, it was another situation where there were hard decisions to be taken, and they were decisions which had to be against a realistic appraisal of the background, as the Prime Minister had made clear after he had received the interim findings of the review.

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