Gordon Brown, Minister of Finance, addressed ministers from twenty countries, including representatives of the G8 and those from emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil, at a meeting on climate change and desire to reduce fossil fuels. He told participants that the United Kingdom has succeeded in reducing its carbon emissions without endangering the country's economy. He even adds that a country's economic indicators could only flourish if we take
care for the environment and the natural resources on which economic activity is based. According to him, the problems
environment, traditionally treated independently, must now be attached to the economic sector within any government. These statements challenge the position of the United States which, let us remember, has not ratified the Kyoto protocol, which aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, the American administration replied that respecting the agreements of the Kyoto protocol would have negative effects on jobs since, according to them, many would be exported to developing countries where 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 only in the emergence of new technologies. Prime Minister Tony Blair encourages investment in new “green” technologies but also advocates the emergence of an international consensus. Gordon Brown for his part does not express any doubt as to the
validity regarding climate change. However, the “New Economics Foundation” (NEF) wants to be critical of the positions of the British government which, for example, calls for the development of renewable energies in emerging countries but does not put pressure on the World Bank to limit credits to energies. fossils or transfer them to projects for the deployment of sustainable energy sources.