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Environment

Opposition Critical Against Focus on Europe

Published torsdag 12 mars 2009 kl 13.11
Anders Ygeman of the Social Democrats

Almost a third of the government’s planned reductions of greenhouse gas emissions will come from environmental investments in other European countries. When the government presented their new climate goals this week, the opposition reacted strongly against the timeline and the focus on measures abroad instead of within Sweden.

The Opposition is united in their criticism. The Left Party and the Greens call the proposed goals ”a scam” filled with ”hot air”. Anders Ygeman of the Social Democrats told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that they propose a reduction of 40 % in Sweden alone, on top of additional measures abroad.

The criticism is rejected by the Swedish environment minister Andreas Carlgren who told DN that if the Opposition proposes to reduce the emissions in Sweden by 40 %, he would like to see a more detailed plan of how they would achieve such numbers.

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