The implication is that this is an eminently manageable problem: identify, measure and isolate the variables responsible for a situation, then address them.
But the data released in a new report does not, as usual, finger the usual institutions in the usual nations. In fact, it complicates matters by suggesting that the easy accusations and simplistic solutions based on traditional assumptions may no longer provide either the psychological comfort or the practical outcomes on which so many have depended for so long.
While the big energy and natural resource companies remain primary culprits and convenient targets, a number of government-owned enterprises in developing nations as well as wealthy western countries are apparently just as culpable. The point is not to cast blame so much as it is to reinforce the growing awareness that blame and responsibility are truly global, as uncomfortable as that knowledge may be. JL
Suzanne Goldenberg reports in Grist:
“There are all kinds of countries that have produced a tremendous amount of historical emissions that we do not normally talk about. We do not normally talk about Mexico or Poland or Venezuela. So then it’s not just rich versus poor, it is also producers versus consumers, and resource rich versus resource poor.”