In this chapter, I discuss the critique of democratic climate governance by distinguishing between a ‘proactionary’ and ‘authoritarian’ critique of democracy. Where the latter is clearly incompatible with democracy, I show that the former also presumes concepts of politics and agency that are alien to theories of democracy. Moreover, I show that despite their differences, the two critiques of democracy converge in their neglect of the importance of maintaining the democratic capacity of political institutions, such as parliaments and other formal institutions of government.