Saturday, December 19, 2009

BRIC becomes BICSA for Climate Change?

Given the recent attention to the BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China) after their June Summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, it was interesting to open the New York Times this morning and see not Dmitry Medvedev or his designee seated at the table with Barack Obama, the Chinese Premier, the Indian Prime Minister and the Brazilian President at the close of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, but the President of South Africa. Perhaps the choice was more of a preference for a growinge economy with a vested interest in biomass and energy and an easier negotiating partner than just the heft of population and GDP?