Check out today’s story in Brussels’s Euractiv:
EU lawmakers to lobby US on climate
MEPs are preparing to pressure their colleagues in the US Senate to agree ambitious emissions reduction targets ahead of negotiations over a new climate treaty in Copenhagen this December.
Jo Leinen, who chairs the European Parliament’s environment committee, told journalists after its first meeting that the EU assembly is planning to send a delegation to Washington to clear concerns about emissions trading.
Leinen argued that the EU could alleviate some of the concerns by sharing its ideas on issues like how to manage the relocation of industries to regions with less stringent environmental regulations (so-called ‘carbon leakage’; see EurActiv LinksDossier)….
EU wants tougher targets
The EU finds the emission reduction targets proposed so far by the US somewhat wanting.
Imagine the fish tales you’re about to hear. Don’t worry, we’ll be here to clarify certain rhetorical slips or excesses. Remember, the European Commission established a “High Level Group” to figure out how to stem their loss of competitiveness from having imposed cap-and-trade, and options were to make us do it, too, by cajoling or a trade war. Here’s a move in that plan.