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The most recent attempt to undermine the Kyoto deal is strikingly inconsistent

By Michael Grubb   September 2005

July’s house of Lords committee report on climate change has been widely interpreted as backing President Bush in rejecting Kyoto-style emission targets in favour of technology-based solutions. Economists, in particular, greeted the report as a voice of reason in a politicised field. Dick Taverne’s August Prospect essay, “Political Climate,” also praised the report, and Taverne linked the Lords’ criticism of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC)—the body established to provide governments with authoritative data on the issue—with the Copenhagen consensus, an analysis by some leading economists and scientists that attacks Kyoto and says climate change should be close to…

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