So certainly it is a legitimate concern on the part of American businesses that they are not disadvantaged vis-a-vis their global competitors. Now, keep in mind, European industries are looking at an even more ambitious approach than we are. And they obviously have confidence that they can compete internationally under a regime that controls carbons. I think the Chinese are starting to move in the direction of recognizing that the future requires them to take a clean energy approach. In fact, in some ways they're already ahead of us -- on fuel efficiency standards, for example, they've moved beyond where we've moved on this.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Filling Gaps in the White House Website, Part 8
The New York Times recently interviewed the president on climate change. Although the paper credited the White House for providing the transcript (click here for full text), it did not appear on the White House website. At one point, the president expressed his reservations about the House bill's tariff provisions, but added: