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Radically non-ideal climate politics and the obligation to at least vote green
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2013 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 22, no 5, 589-608 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Obligations to reduce one's green house gas emissions appear to be difficult to justify prior to large-scale collective action because an individual's emissions have virtually no impact on the environmental problem. However, I show that individuals' emissions choices raise the question of whether or not they can be justified as fair use of what remains of a safe global emissions budget. This is true both before and after major mitigation efforts are in place. Nevertheless, it remains difficult to establish an obligation to reduce personal emissions because it appears unlikely that governments will in fact maintain safe emissions budgets. The result, I claim, is that under current conditions we lack outcome, fairness, promotional, virtue or duty based grounds for seeing personal emissions reductions as morally obligatory.

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2013. Vol. 22, no 5, 589-608 p.
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Individual obligations, global warming, emissions, non-ideal, fairness
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Ethics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182955DOI: 10.3197/096327113X13745164553798ISI: 000325669500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182955DiVA: diva2:561546
Available from: 2012-10-19 Created: 2012-10-19 Last updated: 2013-11-12Bibliographically approved

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