Italy not alone in opposing EU climate plan

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Italy not alone in opposing EU climate plan

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Italy’s government says it’s not isolated in its opposition to the EU’s flagship climate change plan

Describing the current proposals to cut green house gas emissions as crazy, Italy claims 9 other EU states oppose the scheme.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has already said the plan will be too expensive, especially in the wake of the recent financial crisis.

Coal-reliant countries, notably Poland, are also against the current scheme.

As a result, a division has emerged between mostly western EU member states in favour and Eastern bloc members against.

Other EU countries, including France and Britain have warned financial uncertainty should not deflect the bloc.

Last year the EU vowed to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

It also pledged to have renewable energies make up one fifth of all energy sources.