Monday, December 10, 2007

The price is right

"It is possible to conceive of all manner of climate disasters, it seems, but not to think outside the box of the economic systems that have contributed to their happening in the first place.

There is an important lesson here for those of us who are campaigning on climate change, and it is that being armed only with peer-reviewed science is not enough. Nor is it enough to ask governments simply to urgently formulate an international agreement. We need to look, instead, at the politics behind the marked-based solutions currently being proposed to deal with global greenhouse gas emissions, understand why these mechanisms are failing, and promote other measures for a just transition away from fossil fuel dependence through public investment, regulation, changing subsidies and taxation. "

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