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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-05-07 11:04 AM
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(US-Europe) Progress on global warming is questioned - AP
Source: Associated Press

Progress on global warming is questioned

By DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 19 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - European Union and U.S. leaders are hailing what they say is a
major step toward bridging their sharp differences on global warming. Academics
and critics of President Bush's policies, however, question whether he really
gave any ground.

At issue is a little-noticed sentence deep in a joint statement signed during an
EU-White House summit Monday. It said senior officials would meet at a climate
forum in Europe this year to discuss "market mechanisms, including but not limited
to emissions trading."


"This is an important step," Bruton said in an interview. "It's an acknowledgment
of cap and trade. We think there is nothing casual in the language."

The U.S. ambassador to the EU, C. Boyden Gray, said, "I think it was a concession
on our part."

Some analysts say officials are exaggerating the significance of the wording
because both sides wanted to demonstrate improving relations and to be seen as
having made progress in international cooperation on global warming. It is an
issue that is gaining political importance on both sides of the Atlantic.


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bgmark2 Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:39 PM
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yes it is politically correct to do something about global warming but economical suicide to seriously do anything about it. Having groups to look into it and government departments being supposably co2 friendly usually does the trick.
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