16 Nov '12, 9pm

Should the Former OPEC President Really Head a UN Climate Summit?

Should the Former OPEC President Really Head a UN Climate Summit?

This year's UN climate talks, COP18 in Qatar, to begin on the 26th of November, are upon us with perhaps the least fanfare of any COP in recent memory. Perhaps that's because no one really places much faith that these talks will amount to anything scientifically meaningful in addressing climate change, soon approaching runaway, irreversible, catastrophic climate change at the way things are going in terms of carbon emissions and expanding fossil fuel use. Perhaps its something else. I'm really not sure. But what I am sure about is that it really doesn't seem right symbolically to have the talks in Qatar—ranked 116th in the world for press freedom , with huge per capita carbon emissions —and to have the former President of OPEC as head of the summit itself. Compared to having Connie Hedegaard , then Denmark's climate and energy minister, heading up the COP15 talks, this yea...

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