Are Europe's Low-Carbon Ambitions Realistic?

The European Union loves to set targets. Never more so than when it comes to tackling climate change. Yet sometimes, you have to wonder whether the Old World really believes it can meet the increasingly ambitious goals to curb its CO2 emissions. Take the lawmakers in the European Parliament. On Jan. 21, they called for a reduction in European greenhouse gases by 80%, an improvement in energy efficiency by 35%, and a target to produce 60% of the EU’s electricity from renewable sources — all by 2050.

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