Responsible for what? Carbon producer CO2 contributions and the energy transition

  title={Responsible for what? Carbon producer CO2 contributions and the energy transition},
  author={Henry Shue},
  journal={Climatic Change},
  • H. Shue
  • Published 7 September 2017
  • Environmental Science
  • Climatic Change
Judgments of moral responsibility should be informed by both scientific analysis and societal standards. Society distinguishes responsibilities into positive and negative, general and special, and backward-looking and forward-looking. Ekwurzel et al. in Clim Chang 2017 shows that 90 major carbon producers have contributed most of the atmospheric CO2 emissions. Once it became clear no later than the 1960s that continuing CO2 emissions would progressively undermine the climate, the major carbon… 

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