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By Rabbi Julian Sinclair

Thanks to Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute for pressing into my hands “The Wrong Trousers”, a fascinating 50 page article by British social scientists Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner that came out a year ago. I missed it at the time, so excuse me for chewing it over on the blog now.

The title, “The Wrong Trousers” is, of course, a reference to the Oscar-winning animated film of that name in which the hapless Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit) is trapped in a pair of automated Techno Trousers which he thought would make his life easier, but in fact take him places where he doesn’t wish to go.

The Kyoto protocol on climate change is a bad case of the wrong trousers according to Prins and Rayner. By now it has a huge institutional momentum and it’s not taking us where we want to go. (more…)

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