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Polish CO2 is a “gas of life for the biosphere”, the country’s new environment minister plans to tell the European Commission.

Professor Jan Szysko told reporters at a press conference this week that he would inform EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete of the special nature of Polish CO2.

Professor Szysko, 71, wants the Commission to accept Polish forests absorbing CO2. The argument will be included it in their official national climate policy.

Szysko, who came to power with the right-wing Law and Justice Party in recent elections, said, “We will try to limit the negative impact of the COP/EU agreements on the Polish economy, including coal, by showing that CO2 emitted in Poland is a gas of life for the biosphere.”

But it’s unlikely his claims will carry much weight with the Commissioner, who is still flush with the success of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) deal to limit global warming.

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