June 14, 2007

Outsmarted by Bush

It takes a lot to make George Bush look smart, this is the man that has trouble remembering to chew before swallowing, but the EU managed it. By refusing to hobble the US economy though the Kyoto system, which turned out to be just another way for the UK to get taken for a ride by our EU partners, he decided to let the free market work at it. The result:
from 2000 to 2004, Europe managed to increase its emissions by 2.3 percentage points over 1995 to 2000 ... U.S. emissions from 2000 to 2004 were eight percentage points lower than in the prior period.
Wow, out smarted by the shrub, that takes some doing. Then less government interference produces better results so often that even he could not miss it. I expect the EU officials probably saw it too, but they are too wedded to ever more centralisation in order to pursue their higher goal of ever more EU involvement in everything. They knew where their real priority was and it certainly wasn't climate change.


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