permission to exceed the carry-forward rate in the event of extreme meteorological conditions (Effort Sharing Decision)In other words, as Planet Gore's Chris Horner translates from Euro-speak:
Member States may exceed their annual emissions ceilings by a maximum of 5 %. However, in 2013 and in 2014, a Member State may ask the Commission for an increased carry-forward rate if it experiences extreme meteorological conditions leading to substantially increased greenhouse gas emissions.
EU states may cite "global warming" as an excuse for failing to comply with rules imposed to fight "global warming."This is even more cynical than Australia's supposed agreement, conditional on cuts by countries not yet committed to GHG emission reductions.
As Roger Pielke says, "The Obama administration should be paying attention."