Further to my earlier post about how climate change negotiations arbitrarily categorise some rather wealthy countries as "developing" and vice versa, it might be better to think of this issue in terms of per capita CO2 emissions. After all, if reducing CO2 emissions matters, then why shouldn't the highest ones be considered the highest priority?
So what countries emit the most per capita? According to Wikipedia they are:
2. United Arab Emirates
5. Aruba (a colony of the Netherlands)
So the top five are developing countries.
7. Netherlands Antilles (colony of the Netherlands)
8. Trinidad & Tobago
9. United States
So only now do we get some countries that are considered to be industrialised.
So where does NZ fit in? NZ is 50th.
What developing countries (not territories) (by Kyoto Annex definition) are ahead of NZ in per capita emissions (besides the ones listed above)?
So again, why should New Zealand sign up to do more than any of this lot, when the residents of all of these countries contribute more, per capita, than New Zealanders do?