In the run up to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, there was significant business concern about what might be agreed, especially in the US and Australia. In the event, the Bush (Snr) Administration’s threat not to turn up succeeded in watering down commitments. The Australian coal industry was so relaxed that their two top people who had been lobbying the Keating governmetn didn’t even need to go.
So seminars like this one, held in Canberra shortly after, didn’t matter… And a generation later, we STILL don’t have integrated policies….
Diesendorf, M., Kinrade, P., 1992. Integrated greenhouse policies for energy and transport post-Rio. Institution of Engineers Australia seminar on Australia’s greenhouse policy, Canberra, 26 June 1992.
Australian Conservation Foundation, Melbourne.
Meanwhile, if you want to see the first 80 minutes of Mark Diesendorf’s talk in Adelaide in June 2015, try this