A new Cold War over climate change?
“A treaty has to be one that would apply to both. One country has to have ratified it before the other.
We know there are three treaties.
One would be the Paris agreement. We have strong plans to ratify that in July or August. Second is the initial package on implementation. The third is the negotiations with the US. There are going to be profound consequences from Washington’s decision not to be part of this common project. We must therefore find a way forward together.
The UK’s priorities are how we can work together and learn from each other. How can we maintain a high level of ambition? How can we show respect to all the actors who are involved in this process? We will have to work together – but even more than that, we will have to address the issue of openness.”
Nations should not bail out polluters, says Neeskens
“[While] I’d like to see we do less for the big polluters, Europe can’t just bail out what is not a strong business case. We’re not always going to have very clear paths in how we do this.
We do what is best for the economy. Ultimately, it is a little bit like the ‘Asian century’. New technologies are coming in that we haven’t even conceived of. There’s potential for really big shifts in the economic development of our economies. The agenda is very different than the one we have before.
I’d much rather have a debate about the policy framework, this compulsory investment and how much does it impact consumer choices. Then we can make an intervention.
[The European Union] has to send an important signal to our own citizens. It needs to use a message of motivation. That doesn’t mean locking into a certain technology or using subsidies.
Germany’s leading right wing press thinks that it is pointless to pay out to solar companies who have screwed consumers. It’s precisely those investments that are going to lead to the creation of 7 million jobs here in Europe. It is very possible to do that in a very friendly, smart way. In fact, if Germany just did it, others will do it.
People are reluctant to change their way of doing things. It’s important for governments to work together so they can show in the future an environment where business people are going to invest.
That’s the motivation to open up the private sector in Europe. My focus is rather on the private sector than the public sector.”
Climate lobbyists accused of ‘doing nothing’
“Where to go from here: (1) Brussels; (2) Paris; (3) New York; (4) Seoul; (5) India, China, Africa.”
For more from our interview with Papisto, see The Papists
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