Morning Opening Plenary
Former NBC news-anchor Tom Brokaw moderated the morning plenary panel. The participants were Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom; Gro Harlem Brundtland, M.D., M.P.H., Former Prime Minister, Norway, Special Envoy on Climate Change, United Nations; Hank Paulson, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury; and His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister, The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The panel discussed climate change. Sec. Paulson did not deny that global warming is taking place, and talked about the rise in temperatures melting glaciers. He sounded like he gets it. He claimed that the Bush administration takes global warming seriously and is working hard to reduce carbon emissions.
Prime Minister Zenawi said that biofuels offer hope to Africa, because the demand might be high enough to overcome American farm subsidies, thereby creating a market for African agricultural products. He also said Ethiopia and other African countries need access to
All agreed that it is necessary for governments to mandate carbon reduction targets worldwide, because this sets a level playing field.
This is brief because I had to leave to cover a press conference with President Clinton, which I will write about next.