Europe leaves it to others to take the lead on climate change
Australians have heard it again and again: We must set an example for the world by cutting emissions! We must lead! It's a great responsibility but we must do it! If we make big cuts to our carbon emissions others will follow!
Okay, how about those environmentally concerned, trend-setting Europeans, who outnumber us by like 20 to one?
The European Union in the end did not make the leap from a 20 percent cut in emissions to 30 percent, reckoning that the other reduction offers on the table were not sufficiently ambitious.
They're not stupid, leaving the leading to others. China has global ambitions, maybe they should be out front showing how it's done. Nah, ain't gonna happen.