Two Arguments Against Historical Responsibility for Climate Change
DEBATING CLIMATE LAW, Benoit Mayer and Alexander Zahar, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2021
20 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2020
Date Written: August 23, 2020
The paper argues, first, that there is a dearth of data on pre-1990 emissions, such that the assumption about historical emissions, on which the claim about historical responsibility depends, cannot be made out; and, second, that the countries in which the Industrial Revolution began committed no injustice; on the contrary, they invented modern economic development and spread it to the rest of the world. The paper is an extended version of the actual book chapter.
Keywords: climate change, historical responsibility, historical emissions, Industrial Revolution
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