On Climate Change, the U.S. Is Doing Better Than Europe - NYTimes.com
The main reason emissions have been going up is the rise of coal — in China, in particular. Coal is now the source of 30 percent of the world’s energy, up from about 25 percent in the mid-1990s. Europe’s initiatives have had no effect on China’s policies or the global coal burn. Indeed, the initiatives have probably made the situation worse. As the price of energy has increased using current renewables, energy-intensive industries are being driven offshore, only for their products to be imported back into the European Union.