Title

The Peculiar Politics of Energy

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2012

Abstract

Imagine that you could wave a magic wand and provide everyone in the world with easy access to clean and affordable energy. In one stroke you would make the world a far cleaner, richer, fairer, and safer place. Suddenly, a billion and a half of the world's poorest people could discover what it is like to turn on an electric light in the evening. The looming threat posed by climate change would largely disappear. From the South China Sea to the Middle East to the Arctic, geopolitical tensions over energy resources would fade away. Human health would benefit, too, as vaccines and perishable foods could be refrigerated the world over. And many of the world's most corrupt government officials could no longer enrich themselves by bleeding their countries dry of revenues from fossil fuel sales.

Discipline

Energy Policy | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Ethics and International Affairs

Volume

26

Issue

3

First Page

293

Last Page

309

ISSN

0892-6794

Publisher

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

Additional URL

http://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2012/the-peculiar-politics-of-energy-full-text/

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