Where Will the Bali Roadmap Lead?

After two weeks of what were described as “tense and emotional discussions,” 190 nations in Bali agreed to a roadmap to guide future negotiations regarding climate change. On the surface, it appears that those negotiations will be guided more by rationality and energy reality than climate orthodoxy and zealotry.

Although the European Union (EU) and others persisted in pushing for an energy-suppressing extension of the Kyoto Treaty, delegates chose a more realistic path that recognizes the importance of developing new technologies, moving existing ones to developing countries, examining options for adaptation, and confronting the challenge of promoting economic growth while constraining the growth in greenhouse gas emissions.

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