Audio – U.S. miscalculated ability to isolate EU on mandatory limits

October 1, 2007

claussen.jpgThe Bush administration miscalculated in believing it could get fast-growing economies like China and India to back voluntary limits on greenhouse gas emissions instead of the mandatory ones many developed countries favor, Eileen Claussen, the president of the Pew Center for Climate Change, told Reuters on Monday during the Global Environment Summit.

Claussen said the United States, and specifically the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality James Connaughton, erred in assuming that the European Union could be isolated in its push for mandatory limits.

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