A Perfect Moral Storm-- Stephen Gardiner - A Perfect Moral Storm Stephen Gardiner December-03-13 2:24 PM Climate chance decisions involve value

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A Perfect Moral Storm-- Stephen GardinerDecember-03-132:24 PMClimate chance decisions involve value judgments Gardiner's thesis: the peculiar features of the climate-chance problem poses substantialobstacles to our ability to make the hard choices necessary to address itThe perfect moral storm makes us very vulnerable to moral corruption oPerfect storm: an event constituted by an unusual convergence of independently harmful factors where this convergence is likely to result in substantial and possibly catastrophic, negative outcomes oThe 3 storms in the clime-change cases are the global, intergenerational and the theoretical dimensions1. The Global Storm (the spatial storm)3 important characteristics of the climate change problem:1.Dispersion of causes and effects:a.Any particular emission of GHGs is dispersed to other actors and regions of the Earth 1.Fragmentation of agency:a.Climate change is caused by a vast number of individuals and institutions 1.Institutional inadequacy:a.It is hard to coordinate a response to climate change because of the state system (no world government, or centralized system of effective governance) a.i.Hard to mutually coerce each other to adopt GHG cuts and monitor GHG cuts a.Will countries realize it is in their mutual interest to create a world government to stop climate change The prisoner's dilemma of pollution:1.It is collectively rational to cooperate and restrict overall pollution: each agent prefers the outcome produced by everyone restricting his or her individual pollution over the outcome produced by no one doing so2.
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