Transatlantic Cooperation on Climate and Energy Policy after the US Midterm Elections
A European Perspective
Against the background of the above mentioned developments, this paper will explore the consequences for the European Union’s climate and energy strategy as well as for a future international climate regime. From a European perspective this paper explore ideas for enhanced transatlantic climate and energy cooperation, both bilaterally as well as with partners in emerging economies and developing countries. Some of those ideas point well beyond the short term opportunities that present themselves in the next two years until the end of 2012.
Transatlantic cooperation on climate change as well as active participation of both sides within international efforts remains indispensable to achieve success. However, considering political restraints on sides, US and European cooperation on climate change should not be overburdened with unrealistic expectations. Still, the common relationship can draw on a basis of close economic integration, strong cooperation in science and technology and a still existent high public awareness about the basic fact that our current practices to supply our economies with energy are highly unsustainable both economically and ecologically.
This article is part of the project The Climate Network.
The views expressed in this publication are those of the author alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.