Monday, December 20, 2004

Maverick U.S. States Prove Popular at Climate Talks

Not all Americans are unpopular at this week's U.N. conference on climate change.

Negotiators and green groups have embraced maverick U.S. states and companies moving ahead on emissions control, although the Bush administration has few friends at the conference after bowing out of the Kyoto agreement on fighting global warming.

"Making concessions to bring this administration into the process at this time is futile. Engagements should be with California and other states and private business," said Steve Sawyer, a climate expert for Greenpeace in Amsterdam.
"When designing our energy policy, Germany will always look to California because it's the best example," said Barbel Hohn, environment minister in Germany's largest state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Young tourists, take note: when backpacking through Europe, a Golden Bear flag on your backpack might be just as effective as a Maple Leaf.


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