煤炭王的惨胜

布鲁塞尔——

有时候最重要的消息是某些事情没有发生。我们在这个夏天见到了这样的一个例子:奥巴马总统极力争取的气候变化法案甚至都没机会呈现给美国参议院,因为根本没有通过的可能。

这意味着美国将再现其“京都经历”。20年前,也就是1990年,美国参加了(至少起初参加了)首次旨在达成二氧化碳全球减排协议的国际会谈。那时,欧盟和美国是最大的两大排放者,因此免除发展中国家作出减排承诺似乎是妥当的。随着时间的推移,事情变得明显起来:正如现在一样,由于参议院中的反对力量,美国将不能履行其承诺。于是,欧盟依靠自己继续走着减排之路,采用新颖的欧盟排放交易体系,以此希望欧洲能起到榜样作用。

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