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Carbon leakage and the argument from no difference

Rendall, Matthew

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Critics of carbon mitigation often appeal to what Jonathan Glover has called ‘the argument from no difference’: that is, ‘if I don’t do it, someone else will’. Yet even if this justifies continued high emissions by the industrialised countries, it cannot excuse business as usual. The North’s emissions might not harm the victims of climate change in the sense of making them worse off than they would otherwise be. Nevertheless, it receives benefits produced at the latter’s expense. This enrichment is unjust; unjustly-enriched agents ought to make compensation. The best form of compensation is vigorous action against climate change.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2015
Journal Environmental Values
Print ISSN 0963-2719
Electronic ISSN 1752-7015
Publisher White Horse Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Rendall, M. (2015). Carbon leakage and the argument from no difference. Environmental Values, 24(4), https://doi.org/10.3197/096327115X14345368710022
DOI https://doi.org/10.3197/096327115X14345368710022
Keywords Climate change; carbon leakage; consequentialism; over-determination
Publisher URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/ev/2015/00000024/00000004/art00007
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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