10 Feb '12, 8am

Perspectives on #Rioplus20 Jeremy Rifkin; The future's lateral: the new (green) economy, #greeneconomy

It’s persuasive, heady stuff. It has certainly persuaded many EU leaders. Rifkin is that rare American: an unashamed Europhile. He’s kept the faith even as gloom has descended over the continent, recently remarking that, if the Eurozone splits up, "we’re into a dark age." One of his recent books bore the subtitle 'How Europe’s Vision Of The Future Is Quietly Eclipsing The American Dream’. And the compliment has been returned. The European Parliament endorsed the principles of the 'Third Industrial Revolution’, and many see Rifkin’s fingerprints all over the EU’s ambitious energy and climate targets. He’s served as adviser to successive holders of the Presidency, whose names he drops with an easy familiarity: "When Romano Prodi was there, I told him we had to get this moving, so we put in €2 billion for R&D. Then, under Manuel Barroso, we put in €8 billion as a public/priva...

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