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December 11th, 2009
11:17 AM ET

Think economy, jobs in climate debate

Delegates are gathering in Copenhagen, Denmark, to reach a consensus on a global warming treaty.

Delegates are gathering in Copenhagen, Denmark, to reach a consensus on a global warming treaty.

Thomas J. Donohue
Special to CNN

There's been a lot of gloom surrounding the climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, and let's face it, some of it is well-founded. Trying to get 192 countries to agree on a new treaty would be tough even in the best of economic times, and these aren't the best of economic times.

Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that a workable climate change agreement is possible over time if the governments and business communities agree on some fundamental principles. Let me suggest what some of those principles should be.

First, whatever we do should not harm our economies or destroy jobs. Our policies must embrace the aspirations of people everywhere for a better life. We should never stand in the way of progress that reduces poverty, measurably improves health and living conditions, and restores human dignity. The fact is, we can't have healthy environments without first having healthy economies.

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  1. Conserve' for USA

    It would be different if what they are talking about wasn't a big lie! I think they have been lying so long, they are starting to believe it themselves!

    December 11, 2009 at 11:27 am |