Meeting the targets or re-imagining society? An empirical study into the ethical landscape of carbon dioxide capture and storage in Scotland

Leslie Mabon, Simon Shackley

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-482
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental Values
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS)
  • Climate change
  • Environmental ethics
  • Epistemic justice
  • Ethics of science and technology

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