Climate Change Justice

Climate Change Justice

by Eric A. Posner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691137757

ISBN-13: 9780691137759

Pub. Date: 03/14/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Climate change and justice are so closely associated that many people take it for granted that a global climate treaty should—indeed, must—directly address both issues together. But, in fact, this would be a serious mistake, one that, by dooming effective international limits on greenhouse gases, would actually make the world's poor and developing nations

Overview

Climate change and justice are so closely associated that many people take it for granted that a global climate treaty should—indeed, must—directly address both issues together. But, in fact, this would be a serious mistake, one that, by dooming effective international limits on greenhouse gases, would actually make the world's poor and developing nations far worse off. This is the provocative and original argument of Climate Change Justice. Eric Posner and David Weisbach strongly favor both a climate change agreement and efforts to improve economic justice. But they make a powerful case that the best—and possibly only—way to get an effective climate treaty is to exclude measures designed to redistribute wealth or address historical wrongs against underdeveloped countries.

In clear language, Climate Change Justice proposes four basic principles for designing the only kind of climate treaty that will work—a forward-looking agreement that requires every country to make greenhouse—gas reductions but still makes every country better off in its own view. This kind of treaty has the best chance of actually controlling climate change and improving the welfare of people around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691137759
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Ethically Relevant Facts and Predictions 10

Chapter 2: Policy Instruments 41

Chapter 3: Symbols, Not Substance 59

Chapter 4: Climate Change and Distributive Justice: Climate Change Blinders 73

Chapter 5: Punishing the Wrongdoers: A Climate Guilt Clause? 99

Chapter 6: Equality and the Case against Per Capita Permits 119

Chapter 7: Future Generations: The Debate over Discounting 144

Chapter 8: Global Welfare, Global Justice, and Climate Change 169

A Recapitulation 189

Afterword: The Copenhagen Accord 193

Notes 199

Index 219

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