20 Questions for the US Press to Ask about Climate Change

A blog post on ClimateEthics.org identifies 20 questions that the US press has failed to ask opponents of proposed US climate change policies. "Can CEC members rephrase this text in simple language?" asks Frits Hesselink, CEC Special Advisor.

Cambio Climático Photo: Sebastià Semene

Ethical Questions That Should Be Asked

Given that climate change must be understood to raise ethical questions, the press should ask opponents of climate change policies the following questions:

1. You argue that climate change policies should not be adopted because there will be adverse economic impacts on US jobs or the economy, given that greenhouse gas emissions from the United States are threatening others outside the United States. Do you deny that the United States has duties, responsibilities, and obligations to others to stop emissions potentially harmful to others?

2. Do you deny that the United States has duties, responsibilities, and obligations to others to limit US greenhouse gas emissions to the US’s fair share of safe global emissions?

3. If you agree that the United States has duties, responsibilities and obligations to others to limit its greenhouse gas emissions why should the acceptability of US climate change policy turn on whether climate change policies will create adverse economic impacts to the United States alone?

Read the full blog post here: http://climateethics.org/?p=408

Blog post by: Donald A. Brown,
Associate Professor, Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law
Penn State University

Source: ClimateEthics.org is a commentary site on climate change science and policymaking by those working on climate change ethics. The site is intended for policymakers, interested public, and journalists.

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