OGJ Editorial: The EU's Energy Setback

The United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development advanced from a position of early triumph to end last week with laudable self-restraint. As already noted here, the agenda in Johannesburg, South Africa, gave concern about poverty righteous prominence (OGJ, Sept. 2, 2002, p. 17). And the action plan that resulted from 10 days of meetings proposed nothing in the areas of climate change and renewable energy to compromise that priority. For the European Union, this regulatory reluctance was a major setback. The EU has marginalized itself with state-centered dogmatism. On climate change and renewable energy, it asserts grand objectives and snubs dissent. Among its stated priorities f...

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