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The following interview was published on Moday 14th December by EurActiv.com.

The United States succeeded in bringing people to the moon: a dream that nobody thought would be realised. Perhaps we should think of climate protection as the new Apollo programme, the vice-chair of the European Parliament’s delegation in Copenhagen, Karl-Heinz Florenz, told EurActiv in an interview.

The centre-right German MEP was blunt in saying that rather than the climate, leaders should focus on the economy.

“We will have to overcome the inertia of past practices, we need to make sure that coming laws are not the ‘paper tigers’ that we had in the past,” Florenz argued, stressing that today’s investments will form the basis of tomorrow’s growth. “It is about building a new economic model,” he said.

“The economy is there,” stressed the second-in-command of the European Parliament’s delegation to the Copenhagen talks. “It tells us that the immense costs of tackling climate change will be matched by the enormous growth potential of the revolution in sustainable development, the revolution in energy efficiency, in energy production, in consumption and transport,” he said.

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  1. “…stressed the second-in-command of the European Parliament’s delegation to the Copenhagen talks.”

    As opposed to the third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-in-command; to say nothing of the foot-soldiers and camp-followers. And how big were the European Commision and European Council’s delegations?

    Scandalous!

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