European leaders are getting a bit impatient, not on our own behalf but on behalf of the planet. China, India and the other industrializing countries will not do anything unless the U.S. is moving.
–Connie Hedegaard, Danish Environment Minister, 26 Sept. 2007
Denmark’s CO2 emissions rose 16.1 per cent in 2006 compared to the previous year on the back of strong economic growth and electricity exports from coal-fired power plants, according to statistics released today.
–Point Carbon, 28 September 2007
Last year, the United States grew our economy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
–President George W. Bush, 28 September 2007
Thanks to Tim Worstall for the first two quotes, and one of his commenters, Kit, for the third. (For an interesting ranking of nations according to ratio of GDP to carbon dioxide emissions, click here. I was surprised to discover that the U.S. ranks #39. If the EU were one nation, and the member states not listed separately, it would rank #6 while the United States would be #22)