Gordon Brown, Minister of Finance, addressed ministers from twenty countries, including representatives of G8 and those from emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil, at a meeting on climate change and climate change. willingness to reduce fossil fuels. He told the participants that the United Kingdom had succeeded in reducing its carbon emissions without endangering the country's economy. He even adds that the economic indicators of a country could only flourish if we take
the environment and the natural resources on which economic activity is based. According to him, the problems
environmental issues, traditionally treated independently, must now be linked to the economic sector within any government. These statements challenge the position of the United States, which, it should be remembered, has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases. Indeed, the US administration has responded that respecting the Kyoto Protocol agreements would have adverse effects on jobs because they say many would be exported to developing countries or there is no ecological policy. James Connaughton, director of the Environment and Quality Department at the White House, said the answer to the problem lay solely in the emergence of new technologies. Prime Minister Tony Blair encourages investment in new "green" technologies, but also calls for the emergence of an international consensus. Gordon Brown on his side does not express any doubt as to the
validity regarding climate change. However, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) is critical of the positions of the UK government which, for example, calls for the development of renewable energy in emerging countries but does not put pressure on the World Bank to limit energy credits. fossils or transfer them to projects for the deployment of sustainable energy sources.