What is Europe to do? The old continent wants to save the world but it seems no one wants to play along.
Before the summer, there seemed to be some hope the USA could pass a climate rescue bill with President Barack Obama and the Democrat-held Congress. But that hope has all but completely disappeared.
So writes the very green Austrian Der Standard here: Europe Should Focus On China For Climate Protection, Not USA.
With the Democrats getting voted out of office in Congress, the respective concepts for protecting the climate will wind up in the trash can. Europe should quickly search for willing partners.
All together now: Ohhhhh! How dreadful!
But hope is the last to die, and not quite everyone has lost it. Yet, Der Standard sees the writing on the wall:
While there are still a few NGOs who have hope in the good of people and Obama, there’s no one left in the USA who is ready to bet even a single cent on a US climate law could get off the ground.
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, and occasionally a columnist for Der Standard says:
There’s nothing left to salvage!
According to Der Standard:
In an interview conducted via Skype with participants of a Climate Workshop in Brussels, Sachs stated that people in the United States have practically zero interest in climate protection. At least for the next two years, but likely it’ll be much longer before any real kind of initiatives on the issue of climate protection can be expected.
Der Standard mopes that the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico had no impact on the public’s opinion, and that a wide majority of Americans favor offshore oil drilling. Now come the old conspiracies and paranoia. Der Standard:
The reason is fear of losing jobs and an unprecedented propaganda machine that was put into motion by the oil industry and its allies.
These allies include a number of evil European corporations like Eon, BP, Bayer, Basf, Arcelor oder GDF-Suez. Now the enviro-malcontents in Europe and at Der Standard say Europe has to shift its focus to China. Der Standard writes that China has become a “high flyer” in wind and solar energy. Partnership there must be enhanced.
Europe has to accept that there is nothing more to gain from the USA, except frustration. It makes much more sense to work on mutual interests with China.
Consider this a major milestone. Cap & Trade is dead for good in the United States. Even Europe sees it.