Will politics get in the way of carbon cuts?



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    In many cases, yes it may. Politicians are supposed to represent the interests of their constituencies, and part of their constituencies are the businesses and economic interests of their area. Vested interests in dirty fossil fuel technology will be difficult to overcome because they are already established and well-connected.

    The influence of politics on climate change talks is probably best observed on an international level, though. There’s so much distrust going on between countries because UN policies are largely self-policing. A lot of politicians in the US, for example, refuse to commit to carbon cut targets unless developing countries (eg India and China) agree to them as well. If both parties are unwilling to compromise, we’re back at the “business as usual” scenario that has dominated in the past decade.

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