THE environmental group, GOB, yesterday blasted the Balearic Government Energy and Transport Policies, as both contribute to increasing contaminating gas levels which harm the atmosphere, causing a green-house effect.

The Energy Policy is supporting the creation of new power stations, desalination plants and waste incinerator plants, and the Transport Policy advocates the increase of private transport by building new motorways. A spokesperson from the environmental organisation said that these policies contradict with the Balearic's strategic aim which is against climatic change. This strategic aim was presented last Friday in order to promote the reduction of annual contaminating gas levels on the islands, which are around 9 million tonnes per year, far above the 6.9 million tonnes level set out in the Kyoto Agreement.

At this presentation, the Balearic Government announced its plans for reducing gas levels; substituing coal, gas-oil and oil for natural gas from 2007, and installing electrical cables from the mainland which will allow for more efficient energy methods. Furthermore, they advocated the following; promoting solar energy, creating a Director General responsible for Climatic Change and promoting train use. The group thinks that the government is “doing exactly the opposite” to what they said they would do.

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