And it's one of many little "card up the sleeve" tricks that other countries will use from time to time against the U.S. For instance, this article from 2001:Bush Defends Rejection of Kyoto Treaty
EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom told reporters the administration's position was "very worrying." She said she would go to Washington next week with officials of the Swedish EU presidency and the upcoming Belgian presidency for talks.
"I think we also have to make it absolutely clear to the United States that this is not an issue which can be regarded as some kind of marginal environmental issue that can be ignored, or played down," she said.
Wallstrom said that the United States was one of the major culprits in global pollution. "We don't see that it's such a good idea to sort of let the Americans off the hook, those who are among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases."
According to estimates, the United States produces about 25 percent of the world's greenhouse gases but has only 4 percent of its population. "We have to make it absolutely clear to the United States that we have the eyes of the world upon us," she said.
Wallstrom questioned whether the United States would come to July's Kyoto implementation talks in Bonn. A previous round last November in The Hague broke down when the United States and Europe could not agree over the right to trade "pollution credits" if a nation did not pledge to cut its pollution.
Wallstrom said that EU trade sanctions against the United States in retaliation for backing out of the Kyoto treaty were premature but that there are broad implications stemming from the U.S. decision.
"This has to do with international relations. This has to do with trade and economics," Wallstrom said. "We will continue to put pressure on the Americans
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