The economy needs a "healthy" climate

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Gordon Brown, Minister of Finance, was addressed to ministers of twenty countries, including representatives of G8 and those of emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil, at a meeting on climate change and willingness to reduction of fossil energies. He declared the meeting that the UK had managed to reduce its carbon emissions without jeopardizing the country's economy. He even added that economic indicators of a country could only flourish if we take
guard the environment and natural resources on which the economic activity is based. According to him, the problematic
environmental, traditionally independently processed, must now be linked to the economic sector within any government. These statements challenge the position of the United States, which, it should be recalled, has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to control greenhouse gas emissions. The US administration responded that compliance with the Kyoto protocol would have a detrimental effect on jobs, since many would be exporting to developing countries where there is no environmental policy. James Connaughton, director of the Environment and Quality Department at the White House said that the answer to the problem lies solely in the emergence of new technologies. Prime Minister Tony Blair encourages investment in new "green" technologies but also advocates the emergence of an international consensus. Gordon Brown expressed no doubt as to the
climate change. However, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) is critical of the British government's positions, which, for example, call for the development of renewable energies in emerging countries but does not put pressure on the World Bank to limit credits to energy fossil fuels or transfer them to projects for the deployment of sustainable energy sources.

Eva Assayag



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