|Developing World Told Not to Develop|
|Written by Ann McElhinney & Phelim McAleer|
|Wednesday, 08 July 2009 08:20|
José Manuel Barroso the European commission president and Fredrik Reinfeldt Sweden's prime minister have a joint op-ed in the UK's Guardian newspaper about the need to fight Global Warming.
Mr Barroso is a former Maoist who later became a communist and Mr Reinfeldt...well.. he is the prime minister of Sweden. As such they should have much in common and it should not be surprising that their op-ed contains the following complete disregard for the needs of billions in the developing world.
First there is the obligatory self blame.
"Indeed, as the largest contributors to past emissions, we of course agree that the developed countries have a special responsibility to take the lead." But if this was a movie then we would hear the ominous music as they continue to list the real villains of Global Warming.
"But this is not going to be enough. The emerging economies, for example, where growth in emissions is surging, must also join in the effort. We must all do our part, in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities."
President Barosso and Prime Minister both have different native languages but a rough translation for those in the developing world is.
"You cannot become rich like we have. Your children must be condemned to a lifetime of subsistence farming and pre-industrial squalor because we in the developed world think it should be so."
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