What the French President's Pacific visit reveals about climate politics
That's Macron "en même temps" (at the same time) philosophy reaching its logical end. In 2017 he believed he could be right-wing and left-wing at the same time, now he thinks he can be a leader on climate while continuing business as usual.
Thanks for shining a light on this Rachel. Beautifully written, but made my blood boil.
The name tag thing reminded me of when I was dishwasher at the new $50 million business school at a Big Ten university. I was "catering" the business meeting that had the placards set out. One company immediately clicked an activist factoid I was aware of. So suddenly their placard had the added information to clarify their company goals: "We export toxic waste to South Africa."
Amazing work Rachel 🙏
Amazing detective journalism Rachel - was it you out there? I love the scene setting and the story - but hate the Macron hypocrisy and the mind boggling arrogance. What’s worst is that Macron does not accept the leadership role he has - “hey, I’m not the Total CEO”
As you say, why not transition the developing South direct to renewables - heck they’ve had a shit deal so far - and so close to the equator they’re probably at greatest risk from planetary heating. But that takes real guts - to risk your political career and challenge the status quo!
The sun is free. The wind is free. That is why imperialists and capitalists will never, ever, support renewables. They fight it, but this massive economic disruption is happening, now.
Just think of the safe and stable climate we’d have if he was there to lecture people on the virtues of aligning economic development with reality.
Using offsets for LNG projects is like powering oil rigs with wind farms (which is a thing).
Of possible interest: Three U.S. organizations co-published a report earlier this year called "Liquified Natural Cash".