By Elizabeth Kolbert – Some international disputes are significant for symbolic reasons, others for substantive ones. The current conflict between the United States and the European Union over airline-emissions limits is both. Unfortunately this means that the U.S. is doubly on the wrong side. The Obama Administration ought to be applauding the Europeans. Instead it’s threatening a trade war.
The conflict over the limits, which are scheduled to take effect on New Year’s Day, has been brewing for nearly fifteen years. In highly condensed form, it runs as follows..
Now, by trying to block others’ attempts to tackle the problem, the U.S. is behaving in a manner that seems best described as unforgivable. more> http://is.gd/5X3FcP
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- Mason Inman: The Climate Post: As Eurozone Crisis Deepens, Fight to Save Emissions Trading Scheme Begins (huffingtonpost.com)
- Vera Pardee: Bullying the EU on Global Warming…or Trying to (huffingtonpost.com)