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US Should Step Up Short-Term Climate Goals: EU

Law360 (May 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- President Obama's determination to put in place domestic climate legislation has greatly improved the prospects for reaching a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, but his short-term goals may not be sufficient to prevent the worst effects of global warming, a top European Union official said Thursday.

Stavros Dimas, the EU's commissioner for the environment, said the international re-engagement of the United States under Obama has marked a sea change from the previous administration.

He added, however, that for global emissions to peak by 2020 —...
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