WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Americans won't really get on board with the global green energy movement until they start to see some economic benefits, analysts said in Washington.
The European Union is taking steps to tackle climate change by setting targets for emissions and renewable energy. Great Britain, meanwhile, is embracing wind energy as oil and gas reserves in the North Sea begin to run dry.
Stephen Lintner, an environmental adviser for the World Bank, told the EUobserver from Washington that Americans won't have a sea change until they start to see the economic benefits of green technology.
"What I believe will really alter the U.S. environmental approach is when people see that change can result in positive economic growth," he told the news agency.
Daniel Weiss, an analyst at the Center for American Progress, said Washington isn't feeling the pressure from European emissions targets, adding many Americans are adopting a protectionist attitude because of high unemployment.
"U.S. people do feel they are losing out in the jobs front and in many cases they are," he added.
The European Commission in May linked limits on greenhouse gas emissions to so-called green economy growth.