This is how Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain described the climate policy challenge in 2005 and, if anything, his statement is more germane now given prospects for prolonged international financial ills:
“The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge.”
And this will hold true until such time that it becomes clear that the risks to the economy have become so great that action needs to be taken on climate change -- at which time it will be too late.
Late news from Durban is that countries have agreed to limit carbon emissions (CO2) starting in 2020 -- which is eight years too late. But not one country is willing to sacrifice any tiny bit of its economy, until imminent danger looms.
Bottom line: we, collectively as humanity, and the Earth we live on, are in trouble for a host of different reasons.