In November 2021, the UN climate negotiations known as COP-26 were held in Glasgow. According to the conventional wisdom, this marks the critical moment when nations will agree to what had previously been postponed – that is, the rulebook for genuine climate mitigation for the international community.
How will US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson help persuade China and the non-OECD world to slash their carbon footprint? Does Australia’s current lack of a concrete commitment to net zero by 2050 put it at a disadvantage in global capital markets? Or given that much of the rest of the world remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels, is an Australian commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 realistic?
CIS Executive Director Tom Switzer discusses with Climate commentators Rupert Darwall and Erwin Jackson whether or not 2021 will be a transformational year for tackling climate change?
Rupert Darwall, a regular contributor to The Spectator, National Review, Wall Street Journal, is the author of The Age of Global Warming: A History.
Erwin Jackson is director of policy at the Investor Group on Climate change and Asia Investor Group on Climate Change.
Host: Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies. Formerly with the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute and the University of Sydney’s U.S. Studies Centre, he is a presenter at the ABC’s Radio National and has written for the Wall Street Journal.