The Senate that has its fair share of Democrat senators who favour doing nothing.
This means that the legislative side of the US governance troika is set against any meaningful steps to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide.
The Verdict of History on the Obama, Bush & Clinton administrations:
Enter our Saviours:
The European Union has absorbed the science, and is leading the world in the fight to save our earth.
One the one hand are those forces that recognize the peril facing the world from greenhouse gases, and are prepared to take serious steps to reduce GHG.
On the other side are those forces who are using delaying tactics to avoid meaningful action.
Both issues carry a strong whiff of testosterone, with the hard men of business determined that their governments should not yield to green demands, and Europe determined to retain the climate cojones it found at last year's UN meeting in South Africa, having mislaid them two years previously in Copenhagen.But below the posturing is something rather fundamental; and the importance of the week's events should not be underestimated.As became clear at the South Africa meeting, a majority of governments want action on climate change and want it pretty quickly.But because of the way international organisations such as the UN climate convention work, a small number of governments can block consensus very effectively.EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard is so far standing firm against criticsChina, India Russia, the US, and Canada found themselves (largely through reasons of expediency) in the laggards' room in Durban - and there's common ground between them again as they survey the EU positions.
But what the world is getting is the opposite.
Instead of risking political capital, we find the American political elite dragging its feet (from the White House on down) to avoid setting examples.
The Convoy System of delay:
They are doing this by insisting on a convoy system, with all countries being onboard and going at roughly the same speed.
The EU has refused to back down and has expressed frustration that opposing countries have not come up with a serious, alternative proposal.The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) creates permits for carbon emissions. Airlines that exceed their allowances will have to buy extra permits, as an incentive to airlines to pollute less.The number of permits is reduced over time, so that the total CO2 output from airlines in European airspace falls.European officials say the scheme could force airlines to add between 4 and 24 euros ($5 to $29; £3 to £19) to the price of a long-haul trip, the AFP reports.The European Commission says Europe would be willing to join a global scheme run by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) if it matches the targets set by the EU scheme.