Highlights from Brundtland, Zenawi, and Blair; lowlights from Paulson
Notable quotes from the plenary on “Economic Growth in the Face of Resource Scarcity and Climate Change”:
Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change: “Industry needs political signals and long-term ones. And it’s not sufficient that individual countries set their own [goals] without connecting it to a global system.”
Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia: “This is about property right … it’s about a scarce resource, which is how much pollution the atmosphere can take,” and about allowing countries that don’t need the resource to sell shares to countries that do.
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the U.K.: “You’re not going to get a global deal that is the same strategy operating in every country … you will end up with a series of different strategies, probably based on cap and trade, and then a linking system.”
Hank Paulson, U.S. Treasury Secretary: I’m not going to quote anything Hank Paulson said here, because it’s all been obfuscatory Bush administration claptrap and, next to the three people on stage with him, everything coming out of his mouth sounds ignorant and mendacious.