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Dutch Government To Appeal Court’s Climate Change Ruling

Inge Lengton, De Telegraph

The Dutch Government will appeal a far-reaching climate change ruling by the court in The Hague according to cabinet sources.

The court ruled yesterday that the government should ensure that CO2 emissions by 2020 is reduced further than the government had planned. Compared to 1990, emissions should be reduced by a quarter by 2020. The government had decided for a reduction of up to 17 percent.

The environment secretary yesterday said in an official reaction that the government will study the ruling. However, insiders report that the verdict will be challenged by the government. The government expresses doubt about whether the court is to judge climate policy. There is also fear of a precedent, and that the court, in future, will interfere with political decisions.

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