France and EU hand-in-hand on global warming
26 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said on Thursday that France and Europe were working "hand-in-hand" to tackle global warming, as he addressed a French summit on the environment.
26 October 2007
PARIS (AFP) - European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said on Thursday that France and Europe were working "hand-in-hand" to tackle global warming, as he addressed a French summit on the environment.
"This is a very powerful signal. France and the EU are working together. The fight against climate change is a necessity, but we must also make it a project to bring society together," Barroso told the gathering of scientists, green lobbyists, business leaders and politicians.
"The great challenge of the 21st century, climate change, is not impossible to tackle."
"The European Union has set a very clear objective, it must stick to it. It is now a question of credibility," he said, recalling the EU pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 1990.
"To leave a viable planet to future generations, there is only one thing to do: act, act now and act together. There is not a minute to lose."
"I am delighted that France is ready to take up its rightful place in the struggle. Together we will succeed."
Sarkozy later told the conference he wanted Europe to examine the "option of taxing products imported from countries that do not respect the Kyoto Protocol" -- a measure that would have immediate repercussions for the United States, the world's number one greenhouse gas emitter.
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