In a development that took almost all observers by surprise, India, China, and Brazil walked out the plenary session of the climate summit at Copenhagen, making it certain that the summit will end in abject failure.
One of the fundamental flaws of the Kyoto Protocol was the principal of 'polluter pays'. Based the retributive justice logic, it was something that was bound to fail. Instead it should have been based on the Indic justice principle – ameliorative and make good. The operating principle should have been 'polluter cleans and does not pollute again.'
If the 'Developed World' (I have no idea what that term means), made its wealth by pollution, waste and environmental degradation, do the world's poor want that tainted money? Instead, the 'Developed World' should have been asked to clean up and mechanisms put in place to ensure that these 'offenders' do not repeat.
Instead, Copenhagen has become a carnival where 20,000 delegates are fighting over the spoils of environmental degradation, pollution and climate hazard. The Indian Government has, of course, lost touch with Indian ideals – and are trying out their hand at Hammurabic justice.
The poor or the 'common' man, in whose name Copenhagen Climate Change meet is underway will not see any benefits. Copenhagen is for the rich (from poor countries), by the rich (from rich countries) to the rich (from poor and rich countries) – and may the poor and common be damned.