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For those who didn’t follow the link in the Yvo de Boer quote from the CCNet update below, it came in the midst of some encouraging news in today’s Wall Street Journal:

In Europe, industries and some national governments are pushing back against the European Union’s goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 20% by 2020, arguing that the midst of an economic crisis isn’t the time for costly new taxes on fossil-fuel consumption.

“Does it make sense to ask companies for such a large sacrifice, and risk hitting citizens’ pockets at such a delicate moment, all for environmental policy whose efficacy is questionable?” Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo said through a spokesperson. . . .

Europe’s auto makers are seeking to delay by three years the continent’s planned introduction of mandatory carbon-dioxide emissions controls on new cars.  “The pushback is stronger than before,” said John Ashton, the U.K.’s special representative for climate change.



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