Rich nations are dodging their moral obligation to provide clean energy technology to developing countries, even though collapsed talks on the issue have restarted, a top Chinese negotiator said on Thursday.
Yu Qingtai, China’s climate change ambassador, told Reuters the key topic was back on the agenda at UN-led talks on fighting global warming because of fears that abandoning it would send a negative message to ordinary people following the meeting.
Asked if he was optimistic that a second attempt might produce some progress, Yu said developed nations’ reluctance to share costly but clean technologies was a major stumbling block.
Why does this make me happy? Not necessarily the opinion expressed above, just the fact that there is an article written about it at all. I do a lot of technology licensing work (it’s getting to be a specialty of mine), so I welcome any opportunity to discuss a subject about which I actually know something. This is opposed to all the other things I write about with which, at most, I only have a very shaky grasp of the facts.
So what’s the argument here? Climate ambassador Yu wants companies in the EU and
Couple of problems, and remember that Yu is saying this in the first place because a lot of cutting-edge stuff is not being transferred over here. Why not? First, this clean tech is quite expensive, and these companies know it. They want to be adequately compensated for their know-how or intellectual property and have had some trouble finding satisfactory deals.
Second, speaking of that IP, these enterprises are quite nervous about licensing this stuff in and then seeing their know-how shared, their patents infringed upon, etc. They don’t want to bring in world-class tech and then get ripped off.
These are real problems, and I don’t agree with this attempt to persuade nations that they have some sort of moral obligation to make sure that this clean tech eventually finds its way to
Not to be alarmist, but there is another issue here that is worrisome. The climate change/global warming topic is huge right now, and very soon I think we will see governments talk about this in terms of public emergency or crisis.
If one of the ways to help out with this public emergency is to make sure that certain technologies are being used in
Right now, the most accepted grounds for issuing a compulsory license for "public emergencies" is in the area of health crises, the classic example now is the AIDS epidemic and the need for certain pharmaceuticals. Will environmental crises rise to that level at some point?