From the "is this helpful or the kiss of death" file comes word from Brussels that Stavros Dimas, EU Environment Commissioner, is delighted with the Waxman-Markey climate change bill that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The legislation, Mr. Dimas has said, is "really encouraging," according to the BNA International Environment Reporter. Mr. Dimas, who is a strong supporter of the EU emissions trading scheme, went on to say, "I am sure [the U.S.] will come up with even more ambitious [GHG reduction] targets. Let's see how the debate will evolve."
While congressmen and women generally like to have wide support for their proposals, attracting the enthusiastic support of a key EU official may not be what they had in mind.
No offense to Mr. Dimas, but this is sure to become a "talking point" for right-wing U.S. commentators.