EU climate chief ‘curious’ to see Obama’s plan

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The European Union has for years been implementing a cap-and-trade system for industrial carbon emissions, but U.S. cap-and-trade plans collapsed in Congress in 2010.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun rolling out climate change rules under its existing powers, and in the interview Obama touted administration actions such as increased auto mileage standards.

“We're going to continue to push on energy efficiency, and renewable energy standards, and the promotion of green energy. But there is no doubt that we have a lot more work to do,” Obama told Rolling Stone in the interview published Wednesday.

“Part of the challenge over these past three years has been that people's No. 1 priority is finding a job and paying the mortgage and dealing with high gas prices. In that environment, it's been easy for the other side to pour millions of dollars into a campaign to debunk climate-change science. I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we're going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way,” he said.