UPDATE: The full report, a summary, and background papers are available here. The full report is quite sizeable, so you might want to start with the summary – it is good stuff. A few quotes as a summary of the summary follow:
Monthly Archives: March 2009
It seems that every politician and commentator, every international NGO and every global institution left of GW Bush is trying to sell us a Green New Deal just now. Some of them are merely Grey Old Deals with a quick and fashionable paint job; some of them are Lite Green; but one or two do seem to be the Real Deal.
So – which Green New Deal should we buy into?
It is not possible to have vision when your head is in the sand. Exhibit 1: climate change negotiations minister Tim Groser, speaking about this year’s climate change conference in Copenhagen
“The idea that Copenhagen could, in the language used at the  Poznan conference, result in a ‘full and certifiable international agreement …’ is Noddyland stuff.”
One can almost hear the heavy sigh before he speaks. And in his words (reported here) we hear the voice of the veteran trade negotiator, the foreign affairs insider, the former WTO ambassador thoroughly versed in the realpolitik of international conferences. We hear the tired and cynical voice of global diplomacy.
Yet, behind Groser’s evident desire to minimise our expectations lies something far more pernicious: a massive failure of vision and of leadership on climate change. Indeed, I sympathise with Groser for having to be so frankly disappointing. The fact is that the failures he speaks of are failures of vision and of leadership on a global scale.