The Curmudgeon On Rio+20

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon understands nothing at all about ecology or the environment, after all he’s a lawyer by trade, and lawyers are taught not to look at the real world too closely, it could be harmful to their health. What the Curmudgeon does understand is politics.

Rio + 20 is all about politics. Back in 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development was informally known throughout the world, as the “Earth Summit.” A Summit is a BIG deal politically, and 1992 was arguably the first time heads of state actually gave . . .

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