European response to global warming dissent perplexing

09/09/2002
"…When a country that emits 25% of the world's greenhouse gases acts as an uninterested, sometimes hostile bystander in the environmental debate, it looks like unbearable arrogance to many people abroad."So writes Norbert Walter, chief economist of Deutsche Bank Group, in an article published in the New York Times.Walter refers to the US. His words typify European opinion, vented fully this week at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.That view is getting tiresome.The US bows to no country or region in environmental concern or progress.During 1970-2000, it cut aggregate emissions of six regulated air pollutants by 29%, accordin...
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