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Governator set emissions targets before doing costings.

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Senator Christine Milne

Governator set emissions targets before doing costings

24th Apr 07

Australian Greens Climate Change Spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's world-leading response to climate change by setting deep cuts targets without previously costing their economic impact makes a lie of Prime Minister Howard's claim that emission reduction targets without costings is irresponsible.

"In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an executive order establishing targets to reduce greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050, and then directed a Climate Action Team to develop a strategy to achieve the targets and to report by January 2006 on progress.

"Contradicting the Prime Minister's view that deep cuts will be negative, the Californian Climate Action Team found that implementation of the strategies would result in 83,000 new jobs and $4 billion in income above and beyond the substantial growth the substantial growth that will occur between today and 2020."