Argument: Developed states did not know about warming; no debt
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Kenneth P. Green, a former reviewer for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and environmental scientist, wrote in the New York Times' December 11th, 2009 article "How much climate aid is enough?": "the claim the developed world has this obligation because it “went first” emitting greenhouse gases is nonsensical. Yes, the developed world emitted greenhouse gases in development, but it also developed quickly, via strong capitalist institutions, with low population levels and complete innocence about the warming potential of greenhouse gases."