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Three American political commentators do not see global warming as one of the defining issues for the upcoming presidential campaign. The next president will probably be chosen on the basis of personality and domestic issues unless there is a new terrorist attack before November 2008. The three journalists, Rick Burke (NY Times), Carroll Doherty (Pew… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Will America awake from its long climate sleep and become the new world leader for sustainable energy policies? It certainly looks like it judging from the fervour with which the Democrat presidential candidates are positioning themselves on this issue. The latest bold plans for a green US energy future come from Hillary Clinton and some… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Senators Joe Lieberman (Independent) and John Warner (Republican) presented a new initiative to tackle global warming on 18 October. The new proposal (“America’s Climate Security Act”) got the support of several senators from both main parties and some environmental think tanks. The proposed bill introduces a mandatory cap-and-trade system similar to the EU’s emission trading… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

At the recent US summit of largest greenhouse gas emitters, the Bush government presented a matrix of US policy achievements to convince others that the US administration is tackling climate change. Seven NGOs reworked the document and tell the “true story” behind the US climate/energy policy. Anyone who volunteers to produce a similar matrix for EU… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

US President Bush has sent a letter to 15 governments plus the EU and the United Nations inviting them to meet on 27-28 September in Washington to discuss future climate change and global energy policies. More on this in the Telegraph and New York Times. The obvious cynical reaction of anyone worried about climate change and energy… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

On Friday 3 August, US House members will vote on two legislative proposals which aim at reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil by stimulating the use of renewables. The energy package consists of: the House Energy Bill, HR 3221, a nearly 800 pages policy document summarised as ” a bill moving the United States toward… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I promised to come back to the Transatlantic session held in the EU’s Green Week. This session, organised by Brussels think-tank Friends of Europe, had two parts: one on a possible Transatlantic joint agenda to tackle climate change and one on the policies of biofuels. I only attended the first part which was all in… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer