Moderate emissions grandfathering

Knight, C. (2014) Moderate emissions grandfathering. Environmental Values, 23(5), pp. 571-592. (doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181635)

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Emissions grandfathering holds that a history of emissions strengthens an agent’s claim for future emission entitlements. Though grandfathering appears to have been influential in actual emission control frameworks, it is rarely taken seriously by philosophers. This article presents an argument for thinking this an oversight. The core of the argument is that members of countries with higher historical emissions are typically burdened with higher costs when transitioning to a given lower level of emissions. According to several appealing views in political philosophy (utilitarianism, egalitarianism, prioritarianism, and sufficientarianism) they are therefore entitled to greater resources, including emission entitlements, than those in similar positions but with lower emissions. This grandfathering may play an especially important role in allocating emission entitlements among rich countries.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted  following peer review for publication in Environmental Values 23(5):571-592. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online, doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181635
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knight, Dr Carl
Authors: Knight, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Environmental Values
Publisher:White Horse Press
ISSN (Online):1752-7015
Published Online:01 October 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The White Horse Press
First Published:First published in Environmental Values 23(5):571-592
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