This is hilarious. Apparently U.S. EPA administrator Stephen Johnson recently met with EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimoas. A Dimoas spokesflack subsequently told Reuters that the U.S. is showing some small signs of interest in working with the EU on a post-2012 emissions-reduction regime. (Kyoto expires in 2012.)

Well, this is intolerable. We can’t have the world thinking the U.S. might want to join the international community in efforts to address the signal challenge of our time! What are we, commies?

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So naturally, Johnson sent his own spokesflack out to hurriedly deny the scurrilous accusation.

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