British officials deny the U.K. is side-stepping the Bush Administration by joining forces with California on a carbon trading scheme, but that’s exactly what they are doing. Isn’t it great? The announcement today that the two jurisdictions would work together to tackle climate change “could eventually bring California into the European carbon market,” according to The Independent in the U.K., which goes on to say that “if successful, it could open the way to other U.S. states signing up, circumventing federal opposition from Mr. Bush.”
I think Quebec Premier Jean Charest should get on the phone with Blair right now and strike a similar deal, circumventing the Harper government’s climate change inaction. Hell, Ontario should do the same.