American Heat / Edition 1

American Heat / Edition 1

by Donald A. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742512967

ISBN-13: 9780742512962

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

When the world began to wake up to the global environmental crisis in the 1970s, the United States was the undisputed world leader in environmental policy. Yet, on an unsettling number of international environmental issues—including global warming—the U.S. has not only forfeited its leadership role but has too often become the major barrier to protecting

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Overview

When the world began to wake up to the global environmental crisis in the 1970s, the United States was the undisputed world leader in environmental policy. Yet, on an unsettling number of international environmental issues—including global warming—the U.S. has not only forfeited its leadership role but has too often become the major barrier to protecting the global environment. In American Heat, Donald Brown critically analyzes the U.S. response to global warming, inviting readers to examine the implicit morality of the U.S position, and ultimately to help lead the world toward an equitable sharing of the burdens and benefits of protecting the global environment. In short, Brown argues that an ethical focus on global environmental matters is the key to achieving a globally acceptable solution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742512962
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IPreliminary Matters1
1Absence of Ethical Concern3
2History of U.S. Participation in Global Warming Negotiations13
3Environmental Ethics and Global Warming Policy49
4Global Warming, Ethics, and Foreign Policy67
5What Is at Stake? Global Warming's Threat to Human Health and the Environment85
6Uncertainty in the Science of Climate Change101
Pt. IIEthical Analysis of U.S. Excuses for Lack of Action on Global Warming135
7Ethical Duty to Reduce Emissions in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty about Global Warming Consequences137
8U.S. Obligations to Act Even if the Developing World Does Not151
9Ethical Issues Entailed by the Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis-Based Arguments Made in Opposition to U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs163
10Ethical Problems with the U.S. Insistence on Its View of the Kyoto Flexibility Mechanisms185
Pt. IIIOther Global Warming Ethical Issues201
11An Equitable Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions among Nations203
12Ethical Dimensions of a Greenhouse Gas Atmospheric Stabilization Target225
13Conclusion: Some Additional Issues235
Glossary243
Bibliography249
Index257
About the Author261

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