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Meeting the Targets or Re-Imagining Society? An Empirical Study into the Ethical Landscape of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in Scotland

Leslie Mabon and Simon Shackley

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 465-482. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14345368709907


Preston's (2011) challenge to the moral presumption against geoengineering is applied to carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in Scotland, United Kingdom. Qualitative data is analysed to assess if and how Preston's arguments play out in practice. We argue that the concepts of 'lesser evil' and prioritising human well-being over non-interference in natural processes do bring different value positions together in support of CCS, but that not all people see short-term carbon abatement as the 'least worst' option or a suitable way to prioritise human well-being.


Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), climate change, environmental ethics, epistemic justice, ethics of science and technology

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption. Stephen M. Gardiner

Remediation and Respect: Do Remediation Technologies Alter Our Responsibility?. Benjamin Hale and W.P. Grundy

Re-Thinking the Unthinkable: Environmental Ethics and the Presumptive Argument Against Geoengineering Christopher J. Preston

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Tackling Climate Change, Breaking the Frame of Modernity. Clive L. Spash

Incumbency, Trust and the Monsanto Effect: Stakeholder Discourses on Greenhouse Gas Removal. Emily Cox, Elspeth Spence, Nick Pidgeon

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