For all those Europeans disappointed so far with the Obama administration’s efforts to fight climate change, Congressman Ed Markey suggested that they remember the White House’s previous occupant: George W. Bush.

“Remember, Europe didn’t have President Bush in office for eight years,” said Mr Markey, the Democratic co-author of the cap-and-trade bill passed by the US House of Representatives in June.

“We’re trying to make up for lost ground. We’re trying to move as quickly as possible,” he added.

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