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The European Union went to Copenhagen with a commitment to 20% reduction in GHG emissions and the offer to increase that to 30% as a bargaining chip.

If that 20% reduction was more than the rest of the World (US, BRIC, the G77...) wanted to bargain for, that would explain the EU being sidelined.

If this is the situation it's clear the rest of the world is embarking on a business-as-usual course. The EU doesn't need to follow. I suppose the EU should just press ahead with a transition to a low-carbon economy and start working seriously on climate disaster preparedness and climate change mitigation.

Eventually the whole thing might result in a trade war when the EU starts imposing carbon tariffs on products from the rest of the world.

Or maybe the EU's negotiating position was just intended for domestic public consumption and nothing will be done here either.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 09:32:53 AM EST

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