Anti-carbon plan runs into trouble

The government’s plan to decarbonize Costa Rica is running into local trouble.

Gerardo Vargas Rojas, a lawmaker with the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana, broke ranks with the government and asked Thursday why the proposal was not discussed broadly.

He said that the government was making a commitment at the Paris climate conference that would affect the country for 80 years. He said the  issue was not environmental but about national development.

Vice President Helena Chacón has told other attendees at the conference that Costa Rica will be a laboratory for decarbonization and that the country would reach zero carbon as a result.

The central government has held discussions with various sectors of the economy, but most who attended share the same zeal for reducing carbon emissions.

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