12 Dec '11, 10pm

Dot Earth Blog: A Post-Pollution Path to Global Climate and Energy Progress

The current pollution control treaty on heat trapping emissions is doomed because it fails to recognize that the underlying problem is unsustainable development that produces vast emissions of heat trapping gases from the energy, industry, transportation, agricultural and forestry sectors. Two decades of debate over assigning blame for emissions, legal responsibility for reducing them and allocating per capita rights to use the atmosphere for disposing of heat trapping gases have created a zero-sum game without opportunities for solving problems by creating mutual gains. In fact no one needs these emissions or even energy. What creates sustainable development are clean energy services that improve wellbeing and do not disrupt the climate system. What people need is clean energy services for cooking, lighting, space comfort, hot water, heat for industrial processes, and ele...

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