Monday, December 14, 2009

Friedman to Copenhagen: Get Real

Thomas Friedman, author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded (just released in a paperback edition), stopped at CNBC for an extended interview this morning on his way to the Copenhagen climate conference. His basic message was that economic revival is strongly dependent on green technology. He pointed out that one out of three wind turbine systems worldwide is now made and exported by Denmark. "If you don't believe in hot," he said, "Just focus on flat and crowded." Video below:

Meanwhile, economic assistance to developing countries and the size of emission cuts by rich countries continued to be the main points of contention at the conference:

Jeroen Van De Veer, former CEO of Shell, discussed the role of business in the development of climate policy:

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric, also expressed his views on the subject:

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