Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy

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Energy issues and climate change have confronted humanity directly and vitally and are now pressing public policy challenges of monumental scale and import. James B. Martin-Schramm draws on decades of involvement with environmental ethics and public policy to provide a lucid and astute analysis of the problems and options for addressing energy and climate change. Martin-Schramm employs an ethic of ecological justice to assess norms, policy options, and recommendations and offers a glimpse of what a fair and workable alternative might look like, globally and locally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800663629
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xxi

Introduction 1

Religious Understandings of Energy 1

Moral Challenges in Energy Use 3

Problems Related to Fossil Fuel Energy Sources 6

Global Warming and Climate Change 12

Conclusion 21

1 Ethical Resources 23

Justice and Environmental Issues 24

The Ethic of Ecological Justice 26

Energy Policy Guidelines 37

Guidelines for Ethical Assessment of Climate Policies 40

Conclusion 44

2 Conventional Energy Options 45

Conventional, Nonrenewable Energy Sources in the United States 47

Conclusion 69

3 Alternative and Renewable Energy Options 71

An Initial Ethical Assessment 75

Policy Recommendations 105

Conclusion 109

4 International Climate Policy 111

History of International Climate Policy 114

Ethical Assessment of Current International Climate Policy Negotiations 118

Climate Justice arid the Greenhouse Development Rights Framework 127

Key Aspects of the Greenhouse Development Rights Framework 129

Implementation of the Greenhouse Development Rights Framework 132

Conclusion 135

5 U.S. Climate Policy 137

Envisioning a Just Climate Policy for the United States 138

History of U.S. Climate Policy 141

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 143

Prospects in the Senate and the Need for U.S. Leadership 156

Conclusion 158

6 Climate Justice Applied: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies at Luther College 161

Luther's GHG Reduction Strategies 164

Conclusion 179

Notes 181

Glossary 211

Index 219

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