Controversial psychologist and author Jordan Peterson asserted that Western countries had no “moral rights” to force developing countries to cut pollution production, noting instead that improving their economies was key.
In an appearance on the BBC’s “Question Time” on Thursday, the Canadian professor noted that climate change policies should focus on encouraging the development of cheap energy in polluting countries. poorer.
“The best long-term solution is to try to make developing countries as rich as possible, and the best way to achieve this is not to control their pollution production, but to help them develop energy. the cheapest they can handle as quickly as possible. , “ said Peterson.
The debate saw UK Under Secretary for Jobs Mims Davies suggest that action to tackle climate change should not come at the top of the bill. “Spending by developing countries”. But Peterson countered that he “absolutely, 100% will be [at their expense]. “
I don’t think we have a moral right in the West to do this.
He also criticized the recent COP26 climate change conference for failing to explore ideas on how best to improve national economies in the developing world, noting that he saw “very little of this kind of idea” coming out of the UN summit.
In the closing hours of the two-week conference, China and India intervened to soften language around the use of coal in the Glasgow Pact. The two countries demanded a change in the final text of the agreement that called for the phase-out of coal – revising it to “Phasing out coal relentlessly.” “
The move prompted COP26 President and British Minister Alok Sharma to declare that China and India should “to justify” their actions to the countries most vulnerable to the effects of global warming. However, officials in Beijing and New Delhi replied that the criticism was unfair.
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