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What Obama Can Learn From Europe

January 11, 2009
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    Europe recently displayed its global leadership by enacting its 20-20-20 Plan: agreeing to cut human-produced carbon emissions that contribute to global warming by at least 20 percent by 2020. They will do this by ramping up renewable energy technologies to 20 percent of its energy usage, and by enacting the world’s most ambitious carbon trading program.

the richest European nations agreed to contribute a greater share toward combating climate change than the poorer European nations

    Importantly, Europe has not allowed the current economic crisis to thwart its drive. European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told the BBC, “The financial crisis is not an excuse, on the contrary; we can make it a win-win situation; we can create more green jobs; we can promote more investment in the low-carbon economy of the future.” In a friendly challenge to the president-elect, Barroso said “Our message to our global partners is: ‘Yes, you can’ … especially to our American partners.”

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