Praful Bidwai at the Durban Climate conference, interview with DemocracyNow!

12 January 2012

Praful Bidwai talks to DemocracyNow!'s Amy Goodman in Durban during the climate conference about the state of the climate negotiations.

TNI was in South Africa together with Praful for the launch of his latest book "The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future."

While the United States has cited China's emissions as an excuse to slow negotiations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions during the COP 17 talks, Bidwai says that "we cannot forget historical responsibility. Three-fourths of all the greenhouse gases that have accumulated in the atmosphere and will stay there warming us up for thousands of years come from developed countries of the global north led by the United States, which is responsible for more than one-quarter of all emissions accumulated in the atmosphere."

Bidwai also addresses the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, which he calls "a turning point" for nuclear power, adding: "I don't see nuclear power surviving in the developed world at all after this. This is the worst crisis of credibility the nuclear energy has ever faced."