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Representatives from the world’s major economic powers responsible for 80 percent of global emissions will meet in New York City to discuss climate change.
The talks are a part of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, launched by US President Barack Obama following last year’s disappointing conference in Copenhagen.
Pat Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC said the meeting will be useless; saying nothing of substance will likely come out of the event. In particular no new policies would be developed, he argued.
The follow-up conference to the Copenhagen meeting will be held in November in Cancun, Mexico. Michaels said he does not expect much from that conference as well. He even poked at the fact that the time, money and emissions required to hold such an event are counterproductive to the climate change discussion.