China and OPEC show us: not only the West is slowing down Climate Policy
I read today that the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as China were trying to slow down / water down Climate agreements because they do not want to risk their oil-extracting economy and growth respectably.
After playing several COP-simultations lately, I came to the conclusions that indeed, OPEC is a threat to world safing. The whole modern world with all their wealth is dependend on some semi-democratic states/kingdoms, mostly in the Middle East. This is scary. But it is even more scary to think that we deal with consensus (all have to agree) at the climate negotiations. When the whole world is dependend on you and will therefore not argue agains e.g. human rights violations in your country – why should you let the world off the hook and risk being treated like a normal country?
How to deal with OPEC? China can be paid (we give you money and technology so you can grow greener) – but OPEC???