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EU Report Criticises US

A report presented to the informal EU meeting of energy and environment ministers in northern Sweden is highly critical of the American approach to dealing with climate change.

The internal report from the Swedish Presidency of the European Union says the US proposal to cut greenhouse emissions slowly at first, with deeper cuts later, will increase the risks of irreversible climate change.

Reuters quotes the report: "The USA is stating that it is feasible to do less before 2020 and more after.” Citing recent scientific research it adds: “It is not possible to fully compensate in future decades for higher emissions in the earlier years in a so-called 'delayed action scenario'."

The EU has pledged to cut carbon emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and will cut by 30 percent if other nations follow suit. By contrast, the U.S. is moving towards agreeing to a target of cutting emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050 from the higher baseline of 2005.

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