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Negotiating Climate Change

A Forensic Analysis

Aynsley Kellow

This book examines how an error in global meta-policy set climate change negotiations on an unproductive course. The decision to base negotiations on the Montreal Protocol and overlook the importance of interests, it argues, institutionalised an approach doomed to fail. By analysing interests, science and norms in the process, and the neglect of ‘interactive minilateralism’, learning was delayed until the more promising Paris Agreement was finally concluded, only to encounter a Trump Presidency, which (ironically) might offer further learning opportunities.
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Chapter 2: Business interests, energy competition and climate change

A Forensic Analysis

Aynsley Kellow

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This chapter sets out the nature of interests surrounding the climate change issue, noting that contra Naomi Klein’s claim that it is capitalism versus the climate, climate change is a regulatory issue that divides capitalism along sectoral lines according to the carbon intensiveness of energy sources, and this aggregates into different national interests which have been prominent in climate negotiations. Ignoring differences in interests was a significant factor in the failure of the Kyoto Process. Climate science, to an undesirable extent, became political science, heightening partisan differences, particularly in the United States.

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