432 pages, 40 b/w illustrations, 37 tables
We need new ways of thinking about, and approaching, the world's energy problems. Global energy security and access is one of the central justice issues of our time, with profound implications for happiness, welfare, freedom, equity, and due process. Global Energy Justice combines up-to-date data on global energy security and climate change with fresh perspectives on the meaning of justice in social decision-making. Benjamin K. Sovacool and Michael H. Dworkin address how justice theory can help people to make more meaningful decisions about the production, delivery, use, and effects of energy. Exploring energy dilemmas in real-life situations, they link recent events to eight global energy injustices and employ philosophy and ethics to make sense of justice as a tool in the decision-making process. They go on to provide remedies and policies that planners and individuals can utilize to create a more equitable and just energy future.
"A sustainable and desirable future must be fair in its satisfaction of basic human needs. Sovacool and Dworkin show us how ignoring fairness influences energy choices and how incorporating it should influence energy choices if we are to achieve the future we want."
– Robert Costanza, Australian National University
"Energy, and the way we produce it, is a major ethical issue. Global Energy Justice makes a valuable contribution to our thinking about energy, because it brings together the facts we need to know, and the ethical principles that help us to decide what we ought to do. Sovacool and Dworkin add their own thoughtful proposals on how best to solve the ethical problems. A book for everyone concerned about what our present energy policies are doing to our environment, our health, and the future of our planet."
– Peter Singer, Princeton University
"This is the book on energy that many of us have been waiting for. Accessible and comprehensive in its treatment of past and present energy systems, it opens up new questions about ethics and equity. This book is a major contribution to putting concerns about energy at the centre of environmental justice."
– Dale Jamieson, New York University
2. The global energy system
3. Virtue and energy efficiency
4. Utility and energy externalities
5. Energy and human rights
6. Energy and due process
7. Energy poverty, access, and welfare
8. Energy subsidies and freedom
9. Energy resources and future generations
10. Fairness, responsibility, and climate change
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Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Business and Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Energy Technologies, AU-Herning, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is also Associate Professor at Vermont Law School, where he manages the Energy Security and Justice Program at the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE)
Michael H. Dworkin is a Professor of Law and Director of the IEE at Vermont Law School.