I’m going to be at the Paris climate talks during the second week. If you’re planning to be there, send me a note. And if you’re not (or even if you are) stay tuned for a series of posts from me, Varun, and several of our colleagues on the summit and on climate policy more broadly that will run during the talks.
(An aside: Political scientists have long pointed out that institutions function in part by reducing transaction costs. This doesn’t just apply to the negotiating parties. I’ve long thought that one of the values of the UN summits is as an efficient way for the broader set of people involved in climate policy to interact. That’s why I’m going – not because of any delusion that I’ll influence the talks, but because it’s a good way to meet with people.)