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Climate change and justice are so closely associated that many people take it for granted that a global climate treaty shouldindeed, mustdirectly 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 bestand possibly onlyway 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 worka forward-looking agreement that requires every country to make greenhousegas 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.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments vii
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
What People are Saying About This
To attract broad participation from the major countries emitting greenhouse gases, both rich and poor, a climate change treaty has to be cost-effective and perceived as fair. In this book, while agreeing that fairness matters, Posner and Weisbach make a provocative case that fairness has been widely misunderstood.
Jonathan B. Wiener, Duke University
This is the most sustained and broad-gauged discussion of climate justice that I know of. Serious future debates about the subject will have to deal with this book and its arguments. It will interest general readers as well as specialists in climate policy.
Richard Stewart, author of "Reconstructing Climate Policy: Beyond Kyoto"
There is no challenge facing the world that combines the importance and the apparent intractability of the threat of global climate change. The central problem is the necessity of including all major emitting countriesboth developed and developingin a meaningful international agreement. This raises exceptionally difficult questions regarding distributional equity. Eric Posner and David Weisbach take on these questions, and in the process provide an excellent roadmap to the playing field, andmore importantsome surprising and enlightening answers. This book should be on the must-read list of anyone seriously concerned about global climate policy.
Robert N. Stavins, professor and director, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements
Taking a clear, unflinching, and rigorous approach, this book pierces simplistic views of climate change justice, and makes a strong case for addressing climate change and justice separately. It will change the debate.
Michael P. Vandenbergh, director of the Climate Change Research Network
This incisive book points the only way forward on climate change. Posner and Weisbach carefully weigh the arguments on a wide range of issues, from what policies have the strongest merit to how we should value the welfare of future generations. The analysis is provocative, judicious, and accessible. Read these pages. They will clarify your thinking.
Richard J. Zeckhauser, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University