Editorial: Europe and fuel sulfur

With its proposal to remove nearly all sulfur from gasoline and diesel fuel, the European Commission threatens to follow the precautionary principle on global warming up an economic smokestack.The precautionary principle mandates response to worst-case scenarios, regardless of their chances for coming true. On it, European governments nowadays enthusiastically hinge policy. Yet doubt grows around the notion that measured temperatures rise as a function of atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. The hypothesis is giving way to knowledge about the climate's complex and little-understood offset mechanisms and about natural temperature cycles unrelated to gases of human origin.If ...

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