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Tail wags dog?

September 16, 2009

Here’s this from Tuesday’s Grauniad:

Europe has clashed with the US Obama administration over climate change in a potentially damaging split that comes ahead of crucial political negotiations on a new global deal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

The Guardian understands that key differences have emerged between the US and Europe over the structure of a new worldwide treaty on global warming. Sources on the European side say the US approach could undermine the new treaty and weaken the world’s ability to cut carbon emissions.

And it continues with more detail- the Americans apparently want to junk Kyoto and replace with everyone does their own thang.  And the Guardian’s source doesn’t think the Europeans have the stomach for a fight.

And here’s the quote that inspired the title of this here blog post-

Legal experts say the phrase is designed to protect the US from being forced to implement international action it does not agree with. Farhana Yamin, an environmental lawyer with the Institute of Development Studies, who worked on Kyoto, said: “It seems a bit backwards. The danger is that the domestic tail starts to wag the international dog.”

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